• WordNet 3.6
    • adj throwback characteristic of an atavist
    • n throwback a reappearance of an earlier characteristic
    • n throwback an organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n throwback Anything which acts as a setback; specifically, a person who or thing which causes another to seem inferior by contrast.
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In literature:

In face, figure, expression, and manner he was a five-hundred-year throwback to his Holland ancestors.
"One Basket" by Edna Ferber
In every cross-bred species of animals or plants there are "reverts" or "throwbacks," and the human family produces plenty of them.
"London's Underworld" by Thomas Holmes
Rather he would seem to have been a throwback to some savage, buccaneering ancestor.
"Malvina of Brittany" by Jerome K. Jerome
To some throwback of atavism, men tell us.
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
This is a throwback to an earlier age when the modern state was not yet invented.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
According to Mr. Osgood's account, Barnabas's language was a throwback from the days when he was first mate on a Liverpool packet.
"Kent Knowles: Quahaug" by Joseph C. Lincoln
It should be told as are the photo plays, with frequent throwbacks and many cut-ins.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
In face, figure, expression, and manner he was a five-hundred-year throwback to his Holland ancestors.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
The apartment-house will probably prove stronger than these throwbacks.
"Your United States" by Arnold Bennett
Perhaps it's a throwback, Winifred.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
You're a throwback, and we've got to get rid of you.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
Mix gave her a look which was a throwback to his cave-man ancestry.
"Rope" by Holworthy Hall
Can't you see that he is a throwback, lost in this world of science and machines?
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
He's a throwback to something that crept in somehow, maybe a century or so ago, when nobody was looking.
"The Land of Strong Men" by Arthur M. Chisholm
You're a throwback, and now you've got those glasses off, I can see his eyes looking right out of yours.
"The Voice of the Pack" by Edison Marshall
He was a throwback, he said with quiet pride.
"The Scapegoat" by Richard Maples
I suppose he's what they call a throwback.
"The Hall and the Grange" by Archibald Marshall

In poetry:

It's a throwback to a weaker strain
That's washed by the Tropic tide.
And a mixture of Dago and Japanese
Latin and Jew and Portugese
Crops out thru a sun-tanned hide.
"Flotsam" by Pat O Cotter

In news:

When Ford revived the Mustang's Boss 302 moniker for 2012, it was far more than a throwback sticker and wheel package.
An Explosive , Throwback Action Movie That Delivers Coming Soon on DVD/Blu-ray.
The Dr Locke building was a throwback to Herald Square's gritty past.
Bishop Eustace coach Sam Tropiano, whose teams were fierce rivals of Radano's in the early 1990s, said the old coach was a "throwback" to a kinder, gentler time.
The Gettysburg Address, a major question in TV history and an American tragedy in Dallas are all included in this week's ABC7 Throwback Thursday.
Ideal Hosiery, 339 Grand St on the Lower East Side, is a throwback building.
The Astros wore their throwback Colt.45s jerseys for the second time this season Friday.
Favre in the throwback New York Titans uniform worn by the Jets earlier this season.
'The Marvelous Wonderettes' is a fun throwback show.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have unveiled their throwback jerseys for their 80th season, and they chose to represent the year 1934, when the team was called the Pirates.
Superhero throwback film "The Avengers" is a mega-hit, according to box office ticket sales.
U of I Sporting the Throwback .
Steelers' throwback uniforms are creating quite the buzz.
Mountain Dew expands online ' Throwback Shack.
Which throwback jersey do you prefer.

In science:

ASCII files (note: this is an interesting throwback to the original data methods from the end of the 19th century, where information is stored as a system of data and delimiters, such as spaces or commas).
ARCHANGEL Galaxy Photometry System