throwback

[ throh-bak ]
/ ˈθroʊˌbæk /

noun

an act of throwing back.
a setback or check.
the reversion to an ancestral or earlier type or character; atavism.
an example of this.

Nearby words

  1. throw up to,
  2. throw weight,
  3. throw-in,
  4. throw-weight,
  5. throwaway,
  6. throwed,
  7. thrower,
  8. throwing stick,
  9. thrown,
  10. thrown silk

Origin of throwback

1855–60; 1915–20 for def 3; noun use of verb phrase throw back

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British Dictionary definitions for throwback

throwback

/ (ˈθrəʊˌbæk) /

noun

  1. a person, animal, or plant that has the characteristics of an earlier or more primitive type
  2. a reversion to such an organism

verb throw back (adverb)

(intr) to revert to an earlier or more primitive type
(tr foll by on) to force to depend (on)the crisis threw her back on her faith in God
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Word Origin and History for throwback

throwback

n.

"reversion to an ancestral type or character," 1888, from throw (v.) + back (adv.); earlier it meant "a reverse in a course or progress, a relapse" (1856).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper