toast

1
[ tohst ]
/ toʊst /

noun

sliced bread that has been browned by dry heat.

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to become toasted.

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Idioms for toast

    be toast, Slang. to be doomed, ruined, or in trouble: If you're late to work again, you're toast!

Origin of toast

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1350–1400; (v.) Middle English to(o)sten<Middle French toster<Vulgar Latin *tostāre, derivative of Latin tostus (<*torstos), past participle of torrēre to parch, roast, from a base *tors-, akin to Gothic thaursus,Old Norse thurr dry; (noun) late Middle English to(o)ste, derivative of the v.; see torrid, thirst

Definition for toast (2 of 2)

toast2
[ tohst ]
/ toʊst /

noun

verb (used with object)

to drink to the health of or in honor of; propose a toast to or in honor of.
to propose as a toast.

verb (used without object)

to propose or drink a toast.

Origin of toast

2
1690–1700; figurative use of toast1 (noun); the name of a lady so honored was said to give flavor to the drink comparable to that given by spiced toast
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British Dictionary definitions for toast (1 of 2)

toast1
/ (təʊst) /

noun

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

verb

(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

Word Origin for toast

C14: from Old French toster, from Latin tōstus parched, baked from torrēre to dry with heat; see thirst, torrid

British Dictionary definitions for toast (2 of 2)

toast2
/ (təʊst) /

noun

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

verb

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)

Derived forms of toast

toaster, noun

Word Origin for toast

C17 (in the sense: a lady to whom the company is asked to drink): from toast 1,from the idea that the name of the lady would flavour the drink like a piece of spiced toast
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Idioms and Phrases with toast

toast

see warm as toast.

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