\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

Gerry Adams said on Saturday that an explosive device was thrown at his home in Belfast. NBC News, "Explosive thrown at house of former Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams," 14 July 2018 Later in the video, the second man — who by that point was already in handcuffs — is thrown forcefully to the ground by Johnson, prompting a stunned reaction and shouting from other patrons. Jeff Weiner,, "Sanford police investigating officer's videotaped take-down of handcuffed man at The Barn," 12 July 2018 Hill, 44, was thrown from his vehicle and hospitalized. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Driver is charged in Speedway crash that killed mother and daughter," 10 July 2018 Teams have scored once in the last 25 ⅓ innings he's thrown. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros held scoreless in loss to A's," 10 July 2018 Trump’s comments about the U.K. refer to recent chaos in Prime Minister Theresa May’s government, which has been thrown into turmoil by a series of high-profile resignations by Brexit-supporting ministers. Siobhan Morrin, Time, "President Trump Says His Putin Meeting Will Be 'Easiest of Them All' Ahead of Europe Trip," 10 July 2018 Silvestre Astorga Navar, 56, was thrown from the disabled Corolla and pinned underneath it. Alex Riggins,, "Authorities ID man pinned under disabled car, killed in I-805 crash," 9 July 2018 For that finale, flamethrowers were thrown into the mix, a cool touch, but wholly unnecessary. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Review: The Weeknd lives up to superstar status at Summerfest in Milwaukee," 7 July 2018 When immigrant families are thrown into detention camps together, children are subjected to a litany of traumas and treated like criminals. Callie Beusman, The Cut, "The Lasting Trauma of Family Detention," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Additionally, Beckham’s offseason has included hitting a homer run in batting practice at Yankee Stadium, working out with Dez Bryant and showing off his arm with an Aaron Rodgers-esque throw. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "It's the offseason, but Odell Beckham Jr. is still making ridiculous catches," 3 July 2018 With Katie Burr aboard with a walk, Mentzer reached on an errant throw to first. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "HdG girls win District 5 Major Softball title," 29 June 2018 Luke Allen was the winning pitcher, collecting the second and third outs when his left fielder caught a fly ball then delivered an accurate throw to home plate for the dramatic twin-killing. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Bayside 11s defeat Texas City 12-11 to clinch berth in District 14 title contest," 28 June 2018 An errant throw to home plate on Dylan Arnold’s chopper to third scored two more runs for the Cougars. Karl Capen,, "Cam Seguin, Austin Prep topple Taconic in D3 baseball final," 23 June 2018 Cain made an accurate throw that one-hopped Jonathan Villar, but Villar rushed the tag and never gloved the ball in the process. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cubs make the most of Brewers' mistakes as they move into first in NL Central," 12 June 2018 Kwan was back in the bottom of the sixth, rifling a strike to third baseman Michael Gretler to catch LSU's Beau Jordan trying to advance on an errant throw. Ken Goe,, "Goe: Can this Oregon State baseball team go the distance? Sure, why not?," 3 June 2018 As left fielder Juan Soto retrieved the ball, Dickerson waved Jace Peterson home, but an accurate throw from relay man Trea Turner one-hopped into catcher Pedro Severino’s mitt and beat Peterson to the plate. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles' offensive struggles compounded by failed send of runner with Machado on deck," 30 May 2018 With two outs in the seventh, the former Gold Glover made a full-length diving stop on speedy Kevin Pillar's grounder down the line, then slung an off-balance throw that first baseman Ryon Healy snagged on one hop. CBS News, "Canadian James Paxton of Seattle Mariners pitches no-hitter vs. Toronto Blue Jays, in Toronto," 9 May 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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