verb (used with object), tossed or (Literary) tost; toss·ing.
verb (used without object), tossed or (Literary) tost; toss·ing.
- 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.
Origin of toss
Synonyms for toss
Examples from the Web for toss
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of toss
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
Word Origin 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.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with toss
- toss off
- toss one's cookies
- throw away (toss out)
- throw (toss) one's hat in the ring