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

intransitive verb

: to revert to an earlier type or phase

Examples of throwback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As several astute fans guessed, the retro throwback was part of a collaboration with Netflix in support of Stranger Things, which just released its third season. Anna Washenko, Ars Technica, "Microsoft releases Windows 1.11 throwback app as a Stranger Things tie-in," 8 July 2019 One of the pictures was a sweet throwback photo from her toddler days, smiling at the camera while showing off one of her toys. Claudia Harmata,, "Lori Loughlin's Daughter Bella Thanks Fans on Her 21st Birthday Amid College Admissions Scandal," 17 Sep. 2019 Motioning Landry into the backfield and giving him a throwback was a fun wrinkle. Dan Labbe,, "There’s potential in the no-huddle and other takeaways from rewatching Browns’ loss to Titans," 10 Sep. 2019 Give the playlist a spin and check out reflections from the trio on the mix’s standout cuts and throwback photos from their archives below. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Listen to Neo R&B Trio Moonchild's Spacey & Soul-Stirring #TBT Mixtape," 5 Sep. 2019 Collins is notably absent from all the throwback photos Mitchell posted to Instagram. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Beverley Mitchell wants a 7th Heaven reboot," 30 Aug. 2019 His white, three-tiered birthday cake was topped with throwback photo of him on the court. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Cookie Johnson Threw Husband Magic Johnson A 60th Birthday Celebration He'll Never Forget," 15 Aug. 2019 In celebration of Shawn’s 21st birthday on Thursday, August 8, Camila took to Instagram with a throwback photo of the pair. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Camila Cabello Professed Her Love for Shawn Mendes on Instagram," 10 Aug. 2019 White captioned some throwback photos of the two looking like everyone’s favorite Hawkins duo. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "This Celebrity Friendship Makes So Much Sense When You Realize It's Stranger Things Season 3 Come to Life," 22 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Before the ball was thrown back into the infield, Hinch vaulted the dugout steps to remove Miley, who exited to roars for his efforts, but set Osuna up to fail. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Wade Miley's superb start squandered as Astros fall to A's in 11 innings," 24 July 2019 The former Brighton manager stood down from his role after a tough start, but was thrown back into the spotlight when new boss Joe Kinnear was struck down with severe health issues., "Ranking the Success of Premier League Managers Who Returned to Their Former Clubs," 8 Sep. 2019 The 30-year-old Brian fell behind 3-1 before throwing back-to-back sliders, the second one at 71.7 mph, to strike out Colin looking. Wes Crosby,, "Got you, bro: Brian Moran K’s brother Colin in MLB debut," 7 Sep. 2019 The 30-year-old Brian fell behind 3-1 before throwing back-to-back sliders, the second one at 71.7 mph, to strike out Colin looking. Wes Crosby, Houston Chronicle, "Brian Moran K's brother Colin in MLB debut," 5 Sep. 2019 Participants will hear stories how poet Dylan Thomas proposed to his wife at one pub and T.S. Elliot threw back some drinks in another. Washington Post, "‘London literary pub’ tour brings writers and writing home," 4 Sep. 2019 As in, throw back these Player Weekend abominations, please. Mark Faller, azcentral, "MLB strikes out with boring, black-and-white Players Weekend uniforms," 24 Aug. 2019 Instead of throwing back a Harvey Wallbanger, just try legs up the wall pose. Aric Chokey,, "How did the Democratic candidates do in their first round of debates? We rated them.," 28 June 2019 Protesters throw back tear gas fired by the police in Wong Tai Sin during a general strike in Hong Kong on August 5, 2019. Ivan Watson, CNN, "Hong Kong's police describe their side of the protests," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of throwback

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


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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