throw·​back | \ ˈthrō-ˌbak How to pronounce throwback (audio) \

Definition of throwback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

throw back

threw back; thrown back; throwing back; throws back

Definition of throw back (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of throwback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On this game day, Barrow wears khaki shorts, a gray T-shirt, and most importantly, a brown throwback Roger Bacon hat. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 17 May 2022 Its retro art style is a dazzling throwback to the 16-bit generation while its roguelike elements make each run feel like something new and unique. Alyse Stanley, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 Todd, 53, also posted a handful of photos along with his birthday message, with the first photo being a picture of the father-son duo from a recent nature outing, while the second took a trip down memory lane with a throwback snap of the pair. Olivia Jakiel,, 16 May 2022 The throwback Redbox vending machines at Jewel, Walgreens and other stores are expected to keep dispensing DVDs for years to come. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2022 The same speed, agility and home-run ability that make Taylor a special runner between the tackles can be devastating in the open field, as Taylor proved on a 76-yard screen against Baltimore last season and a 19-yard throwback against Buffalo. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 11 May 2022 The Selena actor honored all the moms out there in an epic Y2K throwback showing a young Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez wishing a Happy Mother's Day to all while sitting courtside. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 10 May 2022 Kris Jenner shared an adorable, black-and-white throwback photo of her posing with the Kardashian-Jenner clan on Instagram. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 8 May 2022 An even bigger throwback, though, is the way the show is structured. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 5 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With Kyle Farmer at first, Fraley sent a fly ball to left that Kwan caught and fired a throw back toward the bag. Joe Noga, cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 Throwback songs, evoking a certain musical style or era, have been a hallmark of pop music for as long as there’s been pop music to throw back to. Jem Aswad, Variety, 31 Mar. 2022 Landry took the snap and rolled left looking to throw back to his right. Tom Withers, ajc, 21 Nov. 2021 Light bathrooms come ornamented with handmade glass mosaics that throw back the light; luxuriant Acqua di Parma toiletries; and indulgent soaking tubs (some with jacuzzi jets). Nicole Trilivas, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 McKissic slipped out into the right flat with no one around, Heinicke spotted him, and made a daring throw back across the field. Paul Newberry, ajc, 4 Oct. 2021 Pot fishers must throw back all these red king crab, but biologists estimate only half survive. Hal Bernton, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Oct. 2021 Cain flipped the ball to Avisaíl García to throw back to the infield but not in time to keep Bader from racing around from second to score the second run on the fly ball. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Sep. 2021 And then to make that kind of throw, running full-speed and throw back across his body. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of throwback


1883, in the meaning defined at sense 2b


1656, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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21 May 2022

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“Throwback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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throw·​back | \ ˈthrō-ˌbak How to pronounce throwback (audio) \

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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