- sliced bread that has been browned by dry heat.
- to brown, as bread or cheese, by exposure to heat.
- to heat or warm thoroughly at a fire: She toasted her feet at the fireplace.
- to become toasted.
- be toast, Slang. to be doomed, ruined, or in trouble: If you're late to work again, you're toast!
Origin of toast1
- a salutation or a few words of congratulation, good wishes, appreciation, remembrance, etc., uttered immediately before drinking to a person, event, etc.
- a person, event, sentiment, or the like, in honor of whom another or others raise their glasses in salutation and then drink.
- an act or instance of thus drinking: They drank a toast to the queen.
- a call on another or others to drink to some person or thing.
- a person who is celebrated as with the spirited homage of a toast: She was the toast of five continents.
- to drink to the health of or in honor of; propose a toast to or in honor of.
- to propose as a toast.
- to propose or drink a toast.
Origin of toast2
Examples from the Web for toasted
He orders a toasted bagel and asks to charge it to a room he is certainly not staying in.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal
December 8, 2014
A shot of the Moutai brand delightfully produced a toasted hazelnut flavor cloud in my mouth.The Most Powerful Liquor in the World
August 24, 2014
Our own children, at their most rebellious age, believe in the first two things we toasted.Up To A Point: My Problem With People Who Agree With Me
P. J. O’Rourke
July 20, 2014
Skinnier hawkers stealthily circulate cooking queijo cualho (toasted cheese on a stick) in makeshift tin kettles.The Girl From Ipanema Is Not Alone: Rio’s Famous Beach Is A Rich, Cultural Kaleidoscope
June 23, 2014
Throughout proceedings this jug was repeatedly raised and toasted to us, his audience.Two Chickens, an Old Guitar, and a Group of Strangers: A Life-Changing Feast in Brazil
November 29, 2013
(b) Tell why cereals that have been toasted are said to be predigested.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Have ready some toasted bread cut into small squares or dice.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Season with pepper and salt to taste, and serve with fried or toasted bread.
Serve them on toasted bread, with some nice gravy in a sauceboat.
Stew them gently for ten minutes, or a quarter of an hour, and serve them up with a garnish of sippets, of fried or toasted bread.
- sliced bread browned by exposure to heat, usually under a grill, over a fire, or in a toaster
- be toast informal to face certain destruction or defeat
- (tr) to brown under a grill or over a fireto toast cheese
- to warm or be warmed in a similar mannerto toast one's hands by the fire
- a tribute or proposal of health, success, etc, given to a person or thing by a company of people and marked by raising glasses and drinking together
- a person or thing honoured by such a tribute or proposal
- (esp formerly) an attractive woman to whom such tributes are frequently madeshe was the toast of the town
- to propose or drink a toast to (a person or thing)
- (intr) to add vocal effects to a prerecorded track: a disc-jockey techniqueSee also rap 1 (def. 6)
Word Origin and History for toasted
"to brown with heat," late 14c., from Old French toster "to toast or grill" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *tostare (source of Italian tostare, Spanish tostar), frequentative of Latin torrere (past participle tostus) "to parch" (see terrain). Related: Toasted; toasting.
"a call to drink to someone's health," 1700 (but said by Steele, 1709, to date to the reign of Charles II), originally referring to the beautiful or popular woman whose health is proposed and drunk, from the use of spiced toast (n.2) to flavor drink, the lady regarded as figuratively adding piquancy to the wine in which her health was drunk.
"a toasted piece of bread," early 15c., from toast (v.1); slang meaning "a goner, person or thing already doomed or destroyed" is recorded by 1987, perhaps from notion of computer circuits being "fried," and with unconscious echoes of earlier figurative phrase to be had on toast (1886) "to be served up for eating."
"to propose or drink a toast," 1700, from toast (n.1). This probably is the source of the Jamaican and U.S. black word meaning "extemporaneous narrative poem or rap" (1962). Related: Toasted; toasting.
Idioms and Phrases with toasted
see warm as toast.