\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

cast, catapult, chuck, dash, fire, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, launch, lob, loft, peg, pelt, pitch, sling, toss

Synonyms: Noun

adventure, chance, crapshoot, enterprise, flier (also flyer), flutter [chiefly British], gamble, speculation, venture

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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So throwing an event on the final night of festivities meant there would be a lot to live up to. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What Goes Around Comes Around Closes Out Art Basel with a Raucous Party at the Versace Mansion," 10 Dec. 2018 Other units, like the South Carolina Air National Guard, throw convention right out the window. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Military’s Cryptic Letters, Numbers, and Symbols, Explained," 6 Dec. 2018 The 16-year-old's new song seems to not-so-subtly throw some major shade on his ex, Millie Bobby Brown, and her slightly controversial friendship with Drake. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Jacob Sartorious Just Shaded The Hell Out Of Ex-Girlfriend Millie Bobby Brown in His New Song," 7 Nov. 2018 Amazon’s throwing another one-day blowout sale on Logitech PC accessories, including keyboards, webcams, speakers, and mice. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Find great PC accessories at all-time low prices in Amazon's one-day Logitech blowout sale," 6 Nov. 2018 Houseplants can work as a natural cleanser in the same way, but please don’t throw those out after a single use. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 This creepy holiday can often get lost in the shuffle of trick-or-treating and school parties, which is why chef to the stars, Meg Hall, recommends throwing a more refined affair with these delicious and festive recipes. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "The Best Halloween Food Ideas for Your Adult Gathering," 2 Aug. 2018 Some threw stones at police, who responded by firing tear gas and water cannons. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "Police Use Tear Gas as Thousands in Paris Defy Protest Ban," 24 Nov. 2018 Changing the nation’s travel habits is much more complicated than simply throwing more federal dollars at the problem, especially with the nation’s history of incredibly expensive, and in some cases wasteful, infrastructure projects. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The crowd here at Oracle Arena gave Smith a standing ovation during introductions — and just serenaded him with an M.V.P. chant at the free-throw line — but Smith isn’t playing timid so far. Benjamin Hoffman And Marc Stein, New York Times, "N.B.A. Finals 2018: Warriors Roll Over Cavs in Game 2," 4 June 2018 The Rams shot just 50 percent (23-for-46) from the free-throw line, including 10 fourth-quarter misfired freebies. Shelby Dermer,, "Hughes' comeback effort falls short in regional final loss to Trotwood-Madison," 17 Mar. 2018 Larkin shot only 5-for-13 from the free-throw line to start the fourth quarter, giving the Redwings a shot. Paul Johnson, Naperville Sun, "Pierre Black picks up scoring slack as Larkin tops Benet to reach Peoria for first time," 14 Mar. 2018 The Titans get to the free-throw line more than any team in the country., CNN, "Here's every March Madness team ranked and 1 thing to know about each," 13 Mar. 2018 The antique bed in the guest room is dressed with a throw from the Citizenry, the antique screen is Chinese, and the vintage rug is from Sunday Shop. Sara Ruffin Costello, ELLE Decor, "A New Orleans Manse is Given New Life with a Fashionable Pizzazz," 26 Oct. 2018 Free-throw shooting was a severe weakness of his during his two seasons at the University of Kentucky. Josh Robbins,, "Five takeaways from the Magic’s summer league opener," 7 July 2018 But Pistons center Andre Drummond used the tech in 2016 in an attempt to address his poor free-throw shooting. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' VR exploration a game-changer for prospects," 9 June 2018 Herpin took seventh in the shot put with a throw of 40-3 ½. Pearland sophomore Alex Kubicek placed eighth in the girls’ pole vault by clearing 12 feet while Oiler boys’ pole vaulter Cole Burgess also finished eighth by clearing 14-6. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "State track: Dawson’s Shelton takes second in 100 meters," 13 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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