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[throh-bak] /ˈθroʊˌbæk/
an act of throwing back.
a setback or check.
the reversion to an ancestral or earlier type or character; atavism.
an example of this.
Origin of throwback
1855-60; 1915-20 for def 3; noun use of verb phrase throw back Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for throwback
  • No one could agree whether they were a distinct species, a throwback, or pathological individuals of our own species.
  • In some ways, self-paced online courses are a throwback to the days when learning at a distance meant corresponding by mail.
  • He is in many ways a throwback to the golden age of the gentleman explorer, one of the last of that peripatetic breed.
  • Slow-cookers are the perfect throwback gadgets for the busy modern chef.
  • The packaging itself truly tugs at those nostalgic heartstrings with its unique throwback design.
  • High-school cafeteria soup has more flavor than this bland, tepid throwback.
  • Meanwhile, inflation is reviving throwback elements of state economic planning.
  • To understand why this should be so, it helps first of all to give up on the idea of home schooling as a throwback.
  • It's also a throwback to the era when a company's headquarters made a statement.
  • There are a lot of small fish in the region and often the throwback ratio is high, but the fishing is fun.
British Dictionary definitions for throwback


  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 (adverb)
(intransitive) to revert to an earlier or more primitive type
(transitive) foll by on. to force to depend (on): the crisis threw her back on her faith in God
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for throwback

"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
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Slang definitions & phrases for throwback

throw away

verb phrase

To deliver a ''throwaway'' line, joke, etc: I love the way he threw away that misquotation from Plato (1934+ Show business)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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