abandonware

noun
aban·​don·​ware | \ ə-ˈban-dən-ˌwer How to pronounce abandonware (audio) \

Definition of abandonware

computing
: software that is no longer sold or supported by its creator … thousands of private collectors post source code online for so-called abandonware—games that no longer are published or supported by the companies that created them.— Clay Risen

First Known Use of abandonware

2000, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abandonware

abandon entry 1 + -ware (as in software)

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Cite this Entry

“Abandonware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abandonware. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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