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mis·​throw ˈmis-ˌthrō How to pronounce misthrow (audio)
plural misthrows
: an instance of throwing something wrongly or inaccurately
… had a bunt single and advanced to second on a misthrow to the pitcher.Travis Sherer


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mis·​throw ˌmis-ˈthrō How to pronounce misthrow (audio)
misthrew ˌmis-ˈthrü How to pronounce misthrow (audio) ; misthrown ˌmis-ˈthrōn How to pronounce misthrow (audio) ; misthrowing

transitive + intransitive

: to throw (something) wrongly or inaccurately
badly misthrew the pitch
… Marshall either ran the wrong route or Henne misthrew and the ball was intercepted.Dave Hyde

Word History

First Known Use


1865, in the meaning defined above


1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misthrow was in 1865

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Cite this Entry

“Misthrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misthrow. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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