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Throw (third-person singular simple present throws, present participle throwing, simple past threw, past participle thrown)

  1. (transitive) To cause an object to move rapidly through the air.
  2. (transitive) To eject or cause to fall off.
  3. (transitive) To move to another position; to displace.
  4. (ceramics) To make (a pot) by shaping clay as it turns on a wheel.
  5. (transitive, cricket) Of a bowler, to deliver (the ball) illegally by straightening the bowling arm during delivery.
  6. (transitive, computing) To send (an error) to an exception-handling mechanism in order to interrupt normal processing.
  7. (sports) to intentionally lose a game
  8. (transitive, informal) To confuse or mislead.
  9. (figuratively) To send desperately
  10. (transitive) To imprison.
  11. To organize an event, especially a party.
  12. To roll (a die or dice).
  13. (transitive) To cause a certain number on the die or dice to be shown after rolling it.
  14. (transitive, bridge (card game)) To discard
  15. (martial arts) To lift the opponent off the ground and bring him back down, especially into a position behind the thrower.
  16. (transitive) To subject someone to verbally.
  17. (transitive, said of animals) To give birth to.
  18. (transitive) To show sudden emotion, especially anger.
  19. (transitive) To project or send forth


Throw (plural Throws)
  1. The flight of a thrown object; as, a fast throw.
  2. The act of throwing something.
  3. A distance travelled; displacement; as, the throw of the piston.
  4. A piece of fabric used to cover a bed, sofa or other soft furnishing.
  5. A single instance, occurrence, venture, or chance.


Throw (plural Throws)
  1. Pain, especially pain associated with childbirth; throe
  2. (veterinary) The act of giving birth in animals, especially in cows.


Throw (plural Throws)
  1. (obsolete) A moment, time, occasion.
  2. (obsolete) A period of time; a while.

Adverbs for Throw

violently; recklessly; haughtily; deliberately; dejectedly; bodily; savagely; profligately; passionately; lavishly; systematically; significantly; defiantly; adroitly.


eject, embroil, emit, evict, exercise, expel, farrow, fastball, fawn, fell, fetch down, fire, fire at, flick, fling, fling at, fling off, flip, floor, flummox, foal, force out, forgo, fork, forsake, forward pass, fritter away, fuddle, get, get on, get rid of, give, give birth, give off, give out, give up, glaze, ground, have, have a baby, have young, heave, heave at, hew down, hurdle, hurl, hurl against, hurl at, hurtle, impel, incurve, jerk, jettison, jilt, keep in suspense, kitten, knock down, knock over, knuckleball, labor, lamb, lance, lateral, lateral pass, launch, lay level, lay low, lay out, leave, let fly, let fly at, level, lick, lie in, lift, litter, lob, lose, master, maze, misdirect, misguide, mislead, mold, mow down, muddle, mystify, natural, nick, nonplus, outcurve, overthrow, overturn, pass, peg, pelt, perplex, perturb, pitch, pitchfork, plank, plop, plump, plunk, ply, pot, precipitate, project, propel, prostrate, psych, puke, pull down, pup, push, put, put forth, put off, put on, put out, put the shot, puzzle, quit, radiate, rase, raze, regurgitate, reject, relinquish, renounce, repudiate, resign, reveal, roll, scrap, screwball, send, send forth, send headlong, serve, service, shake off, shape, shed, shoot, shot, shot-put, shove, shy, shy at, sinker, slap, slider, sling, sling at, slip on, snap, spitball, spitter, spook, spread-eagle, squander, stick, stump, supinate, surmount, take down, throw at, throw away, throw down, throw into confusion, throw off, throw out, throw over, throw up, thrust, tilt, topple, toss, toss at, trash, travail, trip, trouble, tumble, turn, turn a pot, unhorse, unnerve, unseat, unsettle, upcurve, upset, vomit, waste, whack down, whelp, wield, yean, abandon, addle, agitate, amaze, apply, assume, baffle, bake, bamboozle, be confined, be sick, bear, bear a child, bear young, beat, bend, bewilder, blow, blow down, blow over, boggle, bounce, bowl, bowl down, bowl over, bring down, bring forth, bring forward, bring out, bring up, buck off, buckle down, buffalo, bug, bulldog, bung, calve, cast, cast at, cast down, cast off, catapult, change of pace, change-up, chop down, chuck, chuck at, chuck out, chunk, clap, confound, confuse, conquer, convulse, crap, craps, curve, cut down, dart, dash, dash down, daze, deceive, deck, decoy, desert, devote, diffuse, ding, direct, discard, discombobulate, discompose, disconcert, disgorge, dismay, dispense with, dispose of, disseminate, distract, disturb, ditch, divert, down, downcurve, draw on, drive, drop, dumbfound, dump,


Etymology 1

From Old English þrāwan (to twist, to turn), from Proto-Germanic *þrēanan, from Proto-Indo-European *ter- (to rub, to rub by twisting, to twist, to turn). Cognate with Dutch draaien, German drehen.

Etymology 2

Middle English throwe, alteration of thrawe from Old English þrāwu (labor pang, agony in childbirth or death), akin to Old English þrēa (affliction, pang), þrōwan (to suffer). More at throe

Etymology 3

From Middle English, from Old English þrāh, þrāg (space of time, period, while). Of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Gothic 𐌸𐍂𐌰𐌲𐌾𐌰𐌽 (þragjan, to run).


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