noun; blending and clipping; analogy
software that is no longer sold through retail channels or supported by its publisher
"Q-Island became abandonware so long ago that you probably won't even be able to find it used on Amazon anymore."
Etymology : abandon+ware The first component is blended with a clipping of "software," which was formed by analogy with "hardware." Hardware itself was formed by the compounding of "hard" and "ware", Old English terms for "solid and physical" and "manufactured goods." It is also likely that this term is simply the result of direct analogy with "software" since the two have closely related meanings.
Source : Roommate- October 2008
Last modified: 1 December 2008