Leftovers vs Remaining - What's the difference?

leftovers | remaining |

As nouns the difference between leftovers and remaining

is that leftovers is while remaining is an act or occurrence by which someone or something remains.

As a verb remaining is


As an adjective remaining is

which remains, especially after something else has been removed.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(wikipedia leftovers)
  • English plurals
  • Food remaining after a meal; excess food eaten later.
  • I had leftovers from yesterday for dinner tonight.

    See also

    * doggy bag * goody bag * left over * left-over * leftover




  • They will be remaining behind. (progressive)
    My remaining at the beach house kept it from being vandalized. (gerund)
    The remaining paint shall be properly disposed of. (participle used as adjective)


    (en noun)
  • An act or occurrence by which someone or something remains
  • * {{quote-book, 1580, , An Answer Unto A Crafty and Sophistical Cavillation Devised by Stephen Gardiner, pageurl=http://books.google.com/books?id=mFgYAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA298, page=298, edition=1844 Parker Society ed.
  • , passage=For where Gelasius saith, that "there remaineth the substance or nature of bread and wine," to declare thereby the remaining of two natures in Christ, you say, that "Gelasius' saying may be verified in the last, and not in the first," that is to say, that the nature of bread and wine remaineth.}}
  • * {{quote-book, 1864, date=August 8, chapter=Mr Seward to Mr Pike, No. 171, author=, title=Papers Relating to Foreign Affairs, Part 3, year_published=1865, pageurl=http://books.google.com/books?pg=PA322&id=QTEWAAAAYAAJ&output=text, page=322
  • , passage= It is important for us to know to what extent the remaining of that naval force is advantageous, and I hope therefore, that you will seek an opportunity informally to confer upon this question,
  • * {{quote-book, 1975, , The Contemporary Explosion of Theology, page=39 citation
  • , passage=In this steadfast remaining with the Church that he so often criticizes, K√ľng shows himself to be a true son of Roman Catholicism. }}
  • (countable, rare) Remnant.
  • Usage notes

    * Also used as gerund.


    * rest * balance


  • which remains, especially after something else has been removed
  • May I have the only remaining cake?


    * left * surviving