noun Also called floss silk (for defs 1, 3).
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of floss
Examples from the Web for floss
Oh, sure, Joe has a tendency to floss with his own shoelaces.
I will floss my teeth because chimps have been known to floss their teeth.Exercising Like a Caveman: A.J. Jacobs Gets Primal|A.J. Jacobs|April 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Suddenly it struck her that Carrots had been busy "tidying" for Floss that morning.
Floss felt troubled in a way she could not understand, and I think Carrots did too.
Floss said, one day when she and Carrots came in from a race on the sands, all hot and rosy with running.
"I don't think so, I don't know what to do," said Floss, looking sadly troubled again.
It is a sadder book than 'The Mill on the Floss,' of which it reminds us.
Word Origin for floss
"rough silk," 1759, perhaps from French floche "tuft of wool" (16c.), from Old French floc "tuft, lock," from Latin floccus "tuft of wool." Or from an unrecorded Old English or Old Norse word from the root found in Dutch flos "plush" (17c.). Cf. the surname Flossmonger, attested 1314, which might represent a direct borrowing from Scandinavian or Low German. In "The Mill on the Floss" the word is the proper name of a fictitious river in the English Midlands.