throwback

noun throw·back \ ˈthrō-ˌbak \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of throwback

1 : one that is suggestive of or suited to an earlier time or style
  • his manners were a throwback to a more polite era
2 a : reversion to an earlier type or phase : atavism
b : an instance or product of atavistic reversion

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First Known Use of throwback

1888


throw back

verb

Definition of throw back

transitive verb
1 : to delay the progress or advance of : check
2 : to cause to rely : make dependent
  • they are thrown back upon … native intelligence
  • —Michael Novak
3 : reflect
intransitive verb
: to revert to an earlier type or phase

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First Known Use of throw back

1840


THROWBACK Defined for English Language Learners

throwback

noun

Definition of throwback for English Language Learners

  • : a person or thing that is similar to someone or something from the past or that is suited to an earlier time


Medical Dictionary

throwback

noun throw·back \ ˈthrō-ˌbak \

medical Definition of throwback

1 : reversion to an earlier type or phase : atavism
2 : an instance or product of atavistic reversion

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