Nearby words

  1. throughly,
  2. throughout,
  3. throughput,
  4. throughway,
  5. throve,
  6. throw a curve,
  7. throw a fit,
  8. throw a monkey wrench into,
  9. throw a party,
  10. throw a punch


Origin of throw

before 1000; Middle English throwen, thrawen (v.), Old English thrāwan to twist, turn; cognate with Dutch draaien, German drehen to turn, spin, twirl, whirl; akin to Latin terere, Greek teírein to rub away

1. fling, launch, send. Throw, cast, pitch, toss imply projecting something through the air. Throw is the general word, often used with an adverb that indicates direction, destination, etc.: to throw a rope to someone, the paper away. Cast is a formal word for throw, archaic except as used in certain idiomatic expressions ( to cast a net, black looks; cast down; the compound broadcast, etc.): to cast off a boat. Pitch implies throwing with some force and definite aim: to pitch a baseball. To toss is to throw lightly, as with an underhand or sidewise motion, or to move irregularly up and down or back and forth: to toss a bone to a dog.

Related formsmis·throw, verb, mis·threw, mis·thrown, mis·throw·ing.

Can be confusedthroe throw Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for throw in

throw in

verb (tr, adverb)

to add (something extra) at no additional cost
to contribute or interpose (a remark, argument, etc), esp in a discussion
throw in one's hand
  1. (in cards) to concede defeat by putting one's cards down
  2. to give in and accept defeat; discontinue a venture
throw in the towel or throw in the sponge
  1. (in boxing) to concede defeat by the throwing of a towel (or sponge) into the ring by a second
  2. to give in and accept defeat; discontinue a venture

noun throw-in

soccer the method of putting the ball into play after it has gone into touch by throwing it two-handed from behind the head, both feet being kept on the ground


verb throws, throwing, threw or thrown (mainly tr)

(also intr) to project or cast (something) through the air, esp with a rapid motion of the arm and wrist
(foll by in, on, onto, etc) to put or move suddenly, carelessly, or violentlyshe threw her clothes onto the bed
to bring to or cause to be in a specified state or condition, esp suddenly or unexpectedlythe news threw the family into a panic
to direct or cast (a shadow, light, etc)
to project (the voice) so as to make it appear to come from other than its source
to give or hold (a party)
to cause to fall or be upset; dislodgethe horse soon threw his rider
  1. to tip (dice) out onto a flat surface
  2. to obtain (a specified number) in this way
to shape (clay) on a potter's wheel
to move (a switch or lever) to engage or disengage a mechanism
to be subjected to (a fit)
to turn (wood, etc) on a lathe
informal to baffle or astonish; confusethe last question on the test paper threw me
boxing to deliver (a punch)
wrestling to hurl (an opponent) to the ground
informal to lose (a contest, fight, etc) deliberately, esp in boxing
  1. to play (a card)
  2. to discard (a card)
(of a female animal, esp a cow) to give birth to (young)
to twist or spin (filaments) into thread
throw cold water on something informal to be unenthusiastic about or discourage something
throw oneself at to strive actively to attract the attention or affection of
throw oneself into to involve oneself enthusiastically in
throw oneself on to rely entirely uponhe threw himself on the mercy of the police


the act or an instance of throwing
the distance or extent over which anything may be throwna stone's throw
informal a chance, venture, or try
an act or result of throwing dice
  1. the eccentricity of a cam
  2. the radial distance between the central axis of a crankshaft and the axis of a crankpin forming part of the shaft
a decorative light blanket or cover, as thrown over a chair
a sheet of fabric used for draping over an easel or unfinished painting, etc, to keep the dust off
geology the vertical displacement of rock strata at a fault
physics the deflection of a measuring instrument as a result of a sudden fluctuation

Derived Formsthrower, noun

Word Origin for throw

Old English thrāwan to turn, torment; related to Old High German drāen to twist, Latin terere to rub

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Word Origin and History for throw in
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Idioms and Phrases with throw in

throw in


Insert or introduce into the course of something, interject, as in He always threw in a few jokes to lighten the atmosphere. [c. 1700]


Add something with no additional charge, as in The salesman said he'd throw in the carpet padding. [Second half of 1600s]


throw in with. Enter into association with, as in His friends warned him against throwing in with the notorious street gang. [Second half of 1800s] Also see cast one's lot and the subsequent idioms beginning with throw in.


In addition to the idioms beginning with throw

  • throw a curve
  • throw a fit
  • throw a monkey wrench into
  • throw a party
  • throw a punch
  • throw away
  • throw back
  • throw caution to the winds
  • throw cold water on
  • throw down the gauntlet
  • throw dust in someone's eyes
  • throw for a loop
  • throw good money after bad
  • throw in
  • throw in one's hand
  • throw in one's lot with
  • throw in someone's face
  • throw in the sponge
  • throw light on
  • throw off
  • throw off balance
  • throw off the track
  • throw oneself at
  • throw oneself into
  • throw one's hat in the ring
  • throw one's weight around
  • throw open
  • throw out
  • throw out the baby with the bath water
  • throw over
  • throw someone
  • throw the book at
  • throw together
  • throw to the wolves
  • throw up
  • throw up one's hands
  • throw up to

also see:

  • cast (throw) one's lot with
  • cast (throw) the first stone
  • have (throw) a fit
  • (throw) in one's face
  • knock (throw) for a loop
  • pour (throw) cold water on
  • shed (throw) light on
  • stone's throw
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