|Origin:||floteson, from Old French floter 'to float'|
broken pieces of wood and other things from a wrecked ship, floating in the sea or scattered on the shore:
He would walk along the beach collecting the flotsam and jetsam that had been washed ashore.
things that people no longer want and so throw away:
works of art made from the flotsam and jetsam of everyday life
people who are very poor and do not have jobs or homes:
Camps were set up to shelter the flotsam and jetsam of the war.