Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

throw off

 - definition

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theythrow off
he/she/itthrows off
present participlethrowing off
past tensethrew off
past participlethrown off
  1. 1
    to quickly remove a piece of clothing

    Dieter threw off his clothes and dived into the water.

  2. 2
    to get rid of something that has prevented you from doing what you want to do or from behaving in the way that you want

    I can't throw off this feeling of sadness.

    throw off the yoke/shackles:

    They have thrown off the yoke of colonial rule.

  3. 4
    if you throw off a slight illness, you become healthy again

    Healthy people should be able to throw off minor infections without antibiotics.

See also main entry: throw

Open Dictionary

selfie stick

an expandable stick which you attach to a mobile phone or camera to help you take a selfie …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog