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From Middle English threw, from Old English þrēaw (first and third person past tense of þrāwan), from West Germanic *þreu, from Northwest Germanic *þrerō, from Proto-Germanic *þeþrō (first and third person past tense of *þrēaną), reduplication of *þrēaną.




  1. simple past tense of throw
  2. (colloquial, nonstandard) past participle of throw
    • 1967, John McPhee, The Pine Barrens[1], page 66:
      "But I'd have threw lead at him if I'd been scared enough. I wasn't scared enough."
    • 1979, Investigation of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr [] [2], U.S. Government Printing Office, page 606:
      I may have threw it away then, or I may have threw it away after I got the passport and didn't need the various other stuff any long.
    • 2005 June 1, Tracy Brown, Criminal Minded: A Novel[3], St. Martin's Publishing Group, →ISBN, page 152:
      I never should have had all them niggas in my bed for all them years. Never should have threw you out.