Leftover vs Vestige - What's the difference?

leftover | vestige |

As nouns the difference between leftover and vestige

is that leftover is something left behind; an excess or remainder while vestige is the mark of the foot left on the earth; a track or footstep; a trace; a sign.

As an adjective leftover

is remaining; left behind; extra; in reserve.



Alternative forms

* left over, left-over


  • Remaining; left behind; extra; in reserve.
  • Do you want some of the leftover supplies from the event?
  • (chiefly, in the plural, usually, of food) Remaining after a meal is complete or eaten for a later meal or snack.
  • I have some leftover spaghetti in the fridge, so I don't plan to cook tonight.
    Not leftovers again.

    Usage notes

    * When used after a verb (as part of a predicate phrase), use two separate words: *: I can walk for miles and still have energy left over.


    (en noun)
  • Something left behind; an excess or remainder.
  • It's a leftover from yesterday, but it's still perfectly good.
    The entire wheel of cheese is a leftover from the party.



    (Webster 1913)


    (en noun)
  • The mark of the foot left on the earth; a track or footstep; a trace; a sign.
  • A faint mark or visible sign left by something which is lost, or has perished, or is no longer present; remains.
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  • , title= The Three Corpse Trick, chapter=5 , passage=The hovel stood in the centre of what had once been a vegetable garden, but was now a patch of rank weeds. Surrounding this, almost like a zareba, was an irregular ring of gorse and brambles, an unclaimed vestige of the original common.}}
  • (label) A vestigial organ; a non-functional organ or body part that was once functional in an evolutionary ancestor.
  • * 1904 Transactions of theannual session , Volume 40, Homeopathic Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania, p160
  • Any person seeing such a condition could not help being frightened at the conditions found, and it seems to me that that fact should lead us to think that the appendix is a vestige or becoming so.
  • * 1932 (John Arthur Thomson), Riddles of science, Ayer Publishing, p824
  • Now this paired organ of Jacobsen began in reptiles and is well developed in many mammals. But in man it is a vestige , often disappearing altogether; and the two openings are closed.
  • * 2007 R. Randal Bollingera, Andrew S. Barbasa, Errol L. Busha, Shu S. Lina, & William Parkera, "Biofilms in the large bowel suggest an apparent function of the human vermiform appendix," Journal of Theoretical Biology
  • This idea was confirmed by Scott, who performed a detailed comparative analysis of primate anatomy and demonstrated conclusively that the appendix is derived for some unidentified function and is not a vestige .

    Derived terms

    * vestigial

    See also

    * hint * trace