(third-person singular simple present bethrows, present participle bethrowing, simple past bethrew, past participle bethrown)
- To throw; throw about or around; cast; turn over to; cast down; deject; lay prostrate.
- To throw or twist about; throw off; torture.
From Middle English bethrowen, bithrawen (“to torture”), from Old English beþrāwan (“to twist”), equivalent to be- + throw. Cognate with West Frisian bedraaie (“to cheat, deceive”), Dutch bedraaien (“to involve”), German bedrehen (“to heave to, come to”).