\ ˈthrō \
threw\ˈthrü \; thrown\ˈthrōn \; throwing

Definition of throw 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to propel through the air by a forward motion of the hand and arm throw a baseball

b : to propel through the air in any manner a rifle that can throw a bullet a mile

c : pitch sense 6b threw a no-hitter

2a : to cause to fall threw his opponent

b : to cause to fall off : unseat the horse threw its rider

c : to get the better of : overcome the problem didn't throw her

3a : to fling (oneself) precipitately threw herself down on the sofa

b : to drive or impel violently : dash the ship was thrown on a reef

4a(1) : to put in a particular position or condition threw her arms around him thrown into chaos threw him into prison

(2) : to put on or off hastily or carelessly threw on a coat

b : to bring to bear : exert threw all his efforts into the boy's defense throw their weight behind the proposal

c : build, construct threw a pontoon bridge over the river

5 : to give by way of entertainment throw a party

6 : to indulge in : give way to threw a temper tantrum

7 : to lose intentionally throw a game

8 : to form or shape on a potter's wheel

9 : to deliver (a blow) in or as if in boxing

10a : to make a cast of (dice or a specified number on dice)

b : roll sense 1a throw a bowling ball

11 : to give up : abandon

12 : to send forth : project the setting sun threw long shadows also : shed sense 3c throw some light on the matter

13 : to make (oneself) dependent : commit (oneself) for help, support, or protection threw himself on the mercy of the court

14 : to perform (something, such as a stunt) successfully throwing tricks on a skateboard

15a : to bring forth throws a good crop

b : to give birth to threw large litters

16a : to move (a lever) so as to connect or disconnect parts of a clutch or switch also : to make or break (a connection) with a lever

b : to put (an automobile) in a different gear especially quickly or suddenly he threw the car into reverse

17 : deposit sense 2b the wine throws sediment

18 : to twist two or more filaments of into a thread or yarn

throw cold water on

: to discourage especially through pessimism or indifference

throw money at

: to spend large sums of money on or for especially recklessly or ineffectively trying to solve problems by throwing money at them

throw one's weight around or throw one's weight about

: to exercise influence or authority especially to an excessive degree or in an objectionable manner

throw to the wolves

: to leave unprotected against fierce opposition or attack

throw together

1 : to put together in a hurried and usually careless manner a bookshelf hastily thrown together

2 : to bring into casual association different kinds of people are thrown together —Richard Sennett



Definition of throw (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act of throwing, hurling, or flinging

b(1) : an act of throwing dice

(2) : the number thrown with a cast of dice

c : a method of throwing an opponent in wrestling or judo

2 : the distance a missile may be thrown or light rays may be projected

3a : a light coverlet (as for a bed)

b : a woman's scarf or light wrap

4 : an undertaking involving chance or danger : risk, venture

5 : the amount of vertical displacement produced by a geological fault

6a : the extreme movement given to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam, crank, or eccentric : stroke

b : the length of the radius of a crank or the virtual crank radius of an eccentric or cam

a throw

: for each one : apiece copies are to be sold at $5 a throw —Harvey Breit

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Other words from throw


thrower \ˈthrō-ər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for throw

Synonyms: Verb

depress, drop, lower, throw down

Synonyms: Noun

adventure, chance, enterprise, flier (also flyer), gamble, speculation, venture

Antonyms: Verb

lift, pick up, raise

Antonyms: Noun

sure thing

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throw, cast, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, sling mean to cause to move swiftly through space by a propulsive movement or a propelling force. throw is general and interchangeable with the other terms but may specifically imply a distinctive motion with bent arm. can throw a fastball and a curve cast usually implies lightness in the thing thrown and sometimes a scattering. cast it to the winds toss suggests a light or careless or aimless throwing and may imply an upward motion. tossed the coat on the bed fling stresses a violent throwing. flung the ring back in his face hurl implies power as in throwing a massive weight. hurled himself at the intruder pitch suggests throwing carefully at a target. pitch horseshoes sling stresses either the use of whirling momentum in throwing or directness of aim. slung the bag over his shoulder


throw, toss, and hurl mean to cause something to move swiftly through space often by using the arm. throw is the broadest word and can be used of almost any motion and driving force. The graduates threw their caps in the air. A crash threw the driver from the car. toss is used for a light or careless throwing of something. Let's toss a coin. He tossed the paper into the wastebasket. hurl is used when throwing with strong force. An angry mob hurled rocks.

Examples of throw in a Sentence


She threw the ball to first base. We threw our hats in the air at the end of the ceremony. Let's see how far you can throw. You throw like a wimp. She threw her coat on the bed. Don't throw your trash on the ground. Throw it in the trash can. The wrestler threw his opponent to the mat. The crash threw the driver from the car. She was thrown from the horse. The storm threw the boat against a reef.


The quarterback made a perfect throw. He lost all his winnings on his last throw. a discus throw of 200 feet It's a long throw from center field to home plate.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The pair were celebrating the actress’ birthday with a lavish party thrown by their mother, fellow screen legend Debbie Fisher, who had suffered a stroke a year before. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Carrie Fisher's brother Todd details their tense last conversation," 10 July 2018 Last month, Ian Kennedy threw eight shutout innings against the Reds, one of baseball's worst teams. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Whit not an All-Star (?), Jeff Long and KU, Chiefs fears, Odom's crossroads," 10 July 2018 The senior right-hander threw four solid innings Tuesday as the Wildcats beat Glenbard South 12-2 in six innings in the Glenbard South Regional of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic. Blake Baumgartner,, "No stretch with 'Sterch': Anthony Sterchele pitches gem as Neuqua Valley rolls into regional semifinals," 10 July 2018 As hitting coach Matt Stairs watched, Eric Hosmer hit pitches thrown by Green. Kevin Acee,, "Padres notes: Maton, Lockett up; Hosmer's solo BP," 9 July 2018 On a recent afternoon, sunny and sizzling hot, the members of the Latin music band Cache MKE set their instruments up in a slice of shade thrown by the northern wall of the El Rey building. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better Angels: Tia Richardson's newest mural is one neighborhood's vision of better things to come," 5 July 2018 Hernandez and Smith had tickets to Q-Prom, an annual dance party thrown by the Sacramento LGBT Community Center for youth and allies ages 13 to 20. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Drag shows, rainbows and acceptance at Sacramento’s 10th annual prom for LGBTQ youth," 5 July 2018 The video shows Hunter Richard, 16, having a drink thrown into his face by an unidentified man after Richard said the man ripped the hat from his head, WOAI reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Teen says he was attacked over MAGA hat," 5 July 2018 The lineup resumed the bludgeoning on the first pitch thrown by Nova. Andy Mccullough,, "Max Muncy hits two of Dodgers' six homers in win over Pirates," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Maybin tried scoring from first base on Derek Dietrich’s double, but a strong relay throw from Scott Kingery prevented a run. Matthew Defranks,, "Wei-Yin Chen dominant again at home, but Marlins lose to Phillies," 14 July 2018 These skillful throws helped him win both events at the Murrieta Valley and Mesa dual meets as a senior. Mark Iandolo,, "Where are they now? Gonter, Magnin, Rennick and Rogers," 13 July 2018 Filling in for Carlos Correa at shortstop, Gonzalez corralled catcher Max Stassi's throw to nab Fowler trying to steal second base. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Marwin Gonzalez exits game with injured left wrist," 11 July 2018 That was his last significant action as Spain's final throw of the dice saw Asensio replaced by Rodrigo. Sean Drury, Pro Soccer USA, "Spain 1-1 Russia (3-4 pens): Hosts shock La Roja in PKs after dogged defensive display," 1 July 2018 Moving up to 3A, Kaneland was third with 51 points and qualified four individuals, led by double-winner Clayton Hannula in the throws. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Conger's hunger: Sam Conger qualifies for state in three events to lift Batavia to second place in sectional," 19 May 2018 In the throws, Sean Brennan earned All-East accolades in both the shot put and the discus., "Digest: Irish War Cry to run in Pimlico Special," 14 May 2018 Gallup has an advanced handle on the position, adept at setting up defensive backs with precise route running while comfortably contorting his body to haul in difficult throws. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft 2018 wide receiver rankings: Alabama's Calvin Ridley poised to make instant impact," 24 Apr. 2018 Meyer had cool, rainy conditions to contend with at Friday’s Homewood-Flossmoor Invitational, but still broke his own two-year-old meet records in the throws. Mike Clark, Daily Southtown, "Beware of Meyer: Michigan recruit John Meyer's meet record lifts Lockport to second at H-F Invitational," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of throw


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for throw


Middle English thrawen, throwen to cause to twist, throw, from Old English thrāwan to cause to twist or turn; akin to Old High German drāen to turn, Latin terere to rub, Greek tribein to rub, tetrainein to bore, pierce

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English Language Learners Definition of throw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (something) to move out of your hand and through the air by quickly moving your arm forward

: to put (something) in a particular place in a careless or forceful way

: to cause (someone or something) to move suddenly or forcefully to or away from a particular place



English Language Learners Definition of throw (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of throwing something (such as a ball)

: an act of rolling dice

: the distance over which something is thrown or could be thrown


\ ˈthrō \
threw\ˈthrü \; thrown\ˈthrōn \; throwing

Kids Definition of throw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to send through the air with a quick forward motion of the arm Throw me a ball.

2 : to put suddenly in a certain position or condition Don't throw trash on the ground. They threw him in prison.

3 : to cause to fall The horse threw its rider.

4 : to put on or take off in a hurry Let me throw on a coat.

5 : to move (the body or part of the body) in a certain way I threw myself on the bed. He threw his arms around her.

6 : to move (as a window or switch) to an open or closed position

7 : to give by way of entertainment Let's throw a party!

throw away

1 : to get rid of : discard

2 : squander, waste Don't throw away your money.

throw out

1 : to get rid of Did you throw out the newspaper?

2 : to remove from a place, position, or participation The ref threw out two players.

3 : to give off The wire threw out sparks.

4 : to cause to project : extend He threw out his arms.

throw up

Other words from throw

thrower noun



Kids Definition of throw (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of causing something to move with a motion of the arm

2 : the distance something is or may be sent with a motion of the arm

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