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
Related Words for toss offfashion, envision, formulate, devise, conceive, originate, discover, bear, initiate, produce, design, forge, find, inhale, consume, sip, drain, gulp, guzzle, suck
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.).
Do readily or without effort, as in Asimov was amazing, tossing off book after book. [Mid-1800s]
Also, toss down. Consume quickly, especially a drink in one draft. For example, He tossed off the beer and headed for the door, or She tossed down one glass after another. [Late 1500s]
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