- designed to be easily separated or opened by tearing: a box with a tearaway seal.
- British. a wild, reckless person.
- (tr, adverb) to persuade (oneself or someone else) to leaveI couldn’t tear myself away from the television
- a reckless impetuous unruly person
- (as modifier)a tearaway young man
Remove oneself unwillingly or reluctantly, as in I couldn’t tear myself away from that painting. [Late 1700s]