AskDefine | Define throwback

Dictionary Definition

throwback adj : characteristic of an atavist [syn: atavistic, throwback(a)]


1 an organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism [syn: atavist]
2 a reappearance of an earlier characteristic [syn: atavism, reversion]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • italbrac RP /ˈθrəʊ.bæk/
  • italbrac US /ˈθroʊ.bæk/


  1. a reversion to an earlier stage of development
  2. an organism that has characteristics of a more primitive form
  3. atavism
  4. a person similar to an ancestor, or something new similar to what already existed

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