- to throw, pitch, or fling, especially to throw lightly or carelessly: to toss a piece of paper into the wastebasket.
- to throw or send from one to another, as in play: to toss a ball.
- to throw or pitch with irregular or careless motions; fling or jerk about: The ship was tossed by waves.
- to agitate, disturb, or disquiet.
- to throw, raise, or jerk upward suddenly: She tossed her head disdainfully.
- to speak or express in a sudden offhand manner; interject: He tossed jokes into their serious discussion.
- to throw (a coin) into the air in order to decide something by the side turned up when it falls (sometimes followed by up).
- to toss a coin with (someone).
- to stir or mix (a salad) lightly until the ingredients are coated with the dressing.
- to pitch, rock, sway, or move irregularly, as a ship on a rough sea or a flag or plumes in the breeze.
- to fling or jerk oneself or move restlessly about, especially on a bed or couch: to toss in one's sleep.
- to throw something.
- to throw a coin into the air in order to decide something by the way it falls (sometimes followed by up).
- to go with a fling of the body: to toss out of a room in a fit of anger.
- an act or instance of tossing.
- a pitching about or up and down.
- a throw or pitch.
- tossup(def 1).
- the distance to which something is or may be thrown.
- a sudden fling or jerk of the body, especially a quick upward or backward movement of the head.
- toss off,
- to accomplish quickly or easily.
- to consume rapidly, especially to drink something up in one swallow: He tossed off a cocktail before dinner.
- British Slang.to masturbate.
- toss up, Informal. to vomit.
- toss one's cookies, Slang. cookie(def 7).
Origin of toss
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Examples from the Web for toss
Add olive oil to the pan and toss in the garlic and chili flake.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries
December 24, 2014
Toss the string beans and mesclun with enough dressing to moisten.The Barefoot Contessa’s Tasty Trip to Paris
November 27, 2014
Toss in Republican National Committee head Reince Priebus and his Democratic counterpart, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, too.Why D.C. Wants an Election About Nothing
October 23, 2014
But when the children are from a foreign place and show up uninvited, we toss compassion and decency out the window?Give the ‘Border Kids’ Dignity. Now.
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
June 16, 2014
The strategy is always the same: toss irrelevant mud on the offending argument—“he got his picture from Cracked.com.”The Crazy Way Creationists Try To Explain Human Tails Without Evolution
Karl W. Giberson
June 1, 2014
Perhaps, after all, I might have the brains to jest and toss about words and shoot off epigrams.Viviette
William J. Locke
It is a toss of the head and a droop of the eyes if I say one word of what is in my mind.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The toss of the antlers to meet the stroke drew the man up standing.The Trail Book
We lie, and toss, and turn; and say, When will the night be gone?The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
For this purpose she would swell the waves, and toss the feeble bark.Imogen
- (tr) to throw lightly or with a flourish, esp with the palm of the hand upwards
- to fling or be flung about, esp constantly or regularly in an agitated or violent waya ship tosses in a storm
- to discuss or put forward for discussion in an informal way
- (tr) (of an animal such as a horse) to throw (its rider)
- (tr) (of an animal) to butt with the head or the horns and throw into the airthe bull tossed the matador
- (tr) to shake, agitate, or disturb
- to toss up a coin with (someone) in order to decide or allot somethingI'll toss you for it; let's toss for it
- (intr) to move away angrily or impatientlyshe tossed out of the room
- an abrupt movement
- a rolling or pitching motion
- the act or an instance of tossing
- the act of tossing up a coinSee toss up (def. 1)
- a fall from a horse or other animal
- argue the toss to wrangle or dispute at length
- give a toss slang to be concerned or interested (esp in the phrase not give a toss)
Word Origin and History for toss
c.1500, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Norwegian tossa "to strew, spread"). Related: Tossed; tossing. Food preparation sense (with reference to salad, etc.) is recorded from 1723. The noun meaning "an act of throwing" is first recorded 1650s. Tosspot "heavy drinker" is from 1560s. Toss-up "even matter" first recorded 1809, from earlier sense of "a flipping of a coin to arrive at a decision" (c.1700). Tosser as a term of contempt in British slang is recorded from 1977, probably from slang toss off "masturbate" (1969); cf. jerk (n.).