\ ˈthrō How to pronounce throw (audio) \
threw\ ˈthrü How to pronounce throw (audio) \; thrown\ ˈthrōn How to pronounce throw (audio) \; throwing

Definition of throw

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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



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 geologic 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 How to pronounce throw (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for throw

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Landry has been working out at House of Athlete since February, but Mayfield went down this week to throw for a few days. cleveland, "Baker Mayfield throwing to Jarvis Landry and other receivers in south Florida this week," 28 Apr. 2021 But, Quintana was unable to consistently throw his secondary pitches for strikes, allowing an aggressive Rangers’ lineup to attack in hitter’s counts. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Rangers shut down Angels’ offense in loss," 27 Apr. 2021 The junior quarterback went on to throw for one touchdown and run for two more Friday night as the Storm produced a 30-14 Upstate Eight Conference win over Bartlett. Paul Johnson,, "Last year is done. Last year is over. Ben Karpowicz scores three TDs as South Elgin completes perfect season with win over Bartlett.," 24 Apr. 2021 Republicans say the effort will throw oil, gas and coal workers off the job. Ellen Knickmeyer And Christina Larson, Star Tribune, "Biden opening summit with ambitious new US climate pledge," 22 Apr. 2021 Republicans say the effort will throw oil, gas and coal workers off the job., "Biden opening summit with ambitious new US climate pledge," 22 Apr. 2021 Republicans say the effort will throw oil, gas and coal workers off the job. Ellen Knickmeyer And Aamer Madhani, Chron, "World leaders pledge climate cooperation despite other rifts," 22 Apr. 2021 Republicans say the effort will throw oil, gas, and coal workers off the job. Ellen Knickmeyer And Aamer Madhani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Can the United States halve emissions by 2030? Biden says yes.," 22 Apr. 2021 Republicans say the effort will throw oil, gas and coal workers off the job. Author: Ellen Knickmeyer, Aamer Madhani, Anchorage Daily News, "At ‘moment of peril,’ Biden opens global summit on climate," 22 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kiermaier doubled in the sixth and scored the tying run when catcher Martin Maldonado couldn't handle a high throw from first baseman Yuri Gurriel on Willy Adames' groundball. Dick Scanlon, Chron, "Austin Meadows, Manuel Margot lead Rays to avoid sweep vs. Astros," 2 May 2021 After leading off the seventh with a hit off lefty Victor González, Wong attempted a steal of second and was called out by umpire Stu Scheurwater, with catcher Austin Barnes making the throw from one knee. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 6, Dodgers 5 (11): Travis Shaw caps winning three-run rally with two-out, RBI single," 1 May 2021 Two innings later, Yermin Mercedes reached on a fielder's choice, but the throw from Candelario to Castro — attempting to turn a double play — went under Castro's glove. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers chase Lucas Giolito in seventh inning for 5-2 win over Chicago White Sox," 28 Apr. 2021 In the fourth, AJ Pollock and Max Muncy reached base with none out, and Pollock stole third and Muncy advanced to second because Machado couldn’t handle the throw from the catcher. Steve Henson Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, "Fernando Tatis Jr. homers twice again, but Dodgers rally and Kenley Jansen hangs on," 24 Apr. 2021 To the corporate executives running soccer’s elite teams, a fan sitting in another continent thousands of miles away was as exciting a potential customer as those living a stone’s throw from their home stadiums. Washington Post, "The Americanization of Europe’s beloved game reaches a tipping point," 19 Apr. 2021 Payton advanced from first to third on Winker’s hit, and Winker slid into second when the throw from the outfield went to third base. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Shane Bieber dominates, Cincinnati Reds' home winning streak ends in loss to Cleveland," 18 Apr. 2021 On Saturday night, Marta, a Brazilian soccer legend and perhaps the greatest player of all time, competed for Orlando, just a stone’s throw from I-64 and the Ohio River. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "A downpour and a rainbow: Racing Louisville FC's debut was historic and breathless," 11 Apr. 2021 Muscovites have been thronging to the old storefront, a stone’s throw from the Kremlin, for one last look. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "When is a grocery store not a grocery store? When it’s a palace.," 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of throw


14th 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

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: 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 How to pronounce throw (audio) \
threw\ ˈthrü \; thrown\ ˈthrōn \; throwing

Kids Definition of throw

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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

Choose the Right Synonym for throw


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.

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