throw

verb
\ ˈthrō How to pronounce throw (audio) \
threw\ ˈthrü How to pronounce threw (audio) \; thrown\ ˈthrōn How to pronounce thrown (audio) \; 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 3b 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

throw

noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from throw

Verb

thrower \ ˈthrō-​ər How to pronounce thrower (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for throw

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for throw

Verb

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

Verb

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

Verb 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. Noun 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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb According to the text of the memo published by the Times, Mr. Bosworth throws cold water on a favorite conspiracy theory of the political... James Freeman, WSJ, "Clinton Backer at Facebook Debunks Clinton Claims," 8 Jan. 2020 Generic drug makers, hospitals, middlemen, drug stores, and slews of consumer advocates all threw their collective might behind the bill. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "Washington took a decade to approve an obscure drug-pricing bill. That’s a bad omen for more ambitious reforms," 7 Jan. 2020 As of Tuesday, one of America’s biggest unions, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), is throwing its weight behind those efforts. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "A Big Union Wants to Make Videogame Workers' Lives More Sane," 7 Jan. 2020 Within 20 seconds, Newell threw herself out the window, crashing through window washer scaffolding on the third floor before hitting the concrete. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Chicago Mom Allegedly Stabbed Baby Repeatedly and Threw Toddler Son Out of Window Before Jumping," 6 Jan. 2020 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., threw Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. NBC News, "What to expect from Congress in 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 On the 4-yard throw to Rudolph, the Saints went for broke, bringing an all-out blitz. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Under duress vs. Saints, Vikings QB Kirk Cousins answers $84 million question," 6 Jan. 2020 An employee who was working the area claims the singer, 74, threw a punch, striking him in the rib cage area. CBS News, "Rod Stewart charged over altercation with employee at luxury Palm Beach resort," 4 Jan. 2020 Just throw on a turtleneck or a graphic tee, your favorite skinny jeans, and loafers or booties—then instantly add a luxe touch with the help of a satin structured suit jacket. Erin Parker, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra’s Satin Blazer Is a Must-Have for Winter Style," 3 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Aplin capped a nine-play, 88-yard drive with a 31-yard throw on the run to J.D. McKissic with 1:13 left in the half to put Arkansas State ahead for good. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "LendingTree Bowl Countdown: Arkansas State turns back Kent State," 31 Dec. 2019 Book completed 20 of 28 passes without an interception, including a 27-yard TD throw to Claypool, who went over 1,000 yards receiving for the season and also recovered a fumble on special teams to set up an early field goal. Fred Goodall, The Denver Post, "No. 14 Notre Dame routs Iowa State in Camping World Bowl," 28 Dec. 2019 Now he is not dropped back, look one-way run and make a crazy throw on the run. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Jeff Hafley calls Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence ‘the future of the NFL’: Buckeye Breakfast," 27 Dec. 2019 And the diminutive special-teams contributor made an excellent 39-yard reception on a pinpoint throw from quarterback Deshaun Watson. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' DeAndre Carter delivers pivotal catch leading to division title," 22 Dec. 2019 The trial appeals are decided in an ivory damask-walled conference room on the first floor of the Palazzo Sant’Uffizio, the CDF headquarters a stones’ throw from St. Peter’s Square. Washington Post, "Vatican tribunal now overwhelmed by clergy abuse cases," 20 Dec. 2019 Trubisky made a great throw on the run to his left, one of his best of the game (more on that below). Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "5 observations from rewatching the Bears’ win over the Giants, including the up-tempo offense and Mitch Trubisky throwing off play-action," 26 Nov. 2019 Williams just made a high throw to Wiggins, who has 5 inches on Jones. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's greatest weakness was exposed against Miami. What went wrong?," 12 Nov. 2019 As a result, Bregman’s groundball to shortstop Didi Gregorius pushed Altuve across the plate without a throw while Bregman beat out a double-play attempt. Los Angeles Times, "Jose Altuve’s walk-off home run sends Astros past Yankees and into World Series," 19 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'throw.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of throw

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for throw

Verb

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about throw

Time Traveler for throw

Time Traveler

The first known use of throw was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for throw

Last Updated

11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Throw.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/throw%20together. Accessed 17 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for throw

throw

verb
How to pronounce throw (audio)

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

throw

noun

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

throw

verb
\ ˈthrō How to pronounce throw (audio) \
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

throw

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on throw

What made you want to look up throw? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a plan in which a last survivor takes all

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!