Nearby words

  1. tosca,
  2. toscana,
  3. toscanini,
  4. toscanini, arturo,
  5. tosh,
  6. toss off,
  7. toss one's cookies,
  8. toss up,
  9. toss-up,
  10. tossed salad


    toss one's cookies, Slang. cookie(def 7).

Origin of toss

First recorded in 1595–1605; origin uncertain

Related formstoss·er, nountoss·ing·ly, adverbun·tossed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for toss off

toss off

verb (adverb)

(tr) to perform, write, consume, etc, quickly and easilyhe tossed off a letter to Jim
(tr) to drink quickly at one draught
(intr) British slang to masturbate


/ (tɒs) /



Word Origin for toss

C16: of Scandinavian origin; related to Norwegian, Swedish tossa to strew

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Word Origin and History for toss off



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.).

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Idioms and Phrases with toss off

toss off


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

also see:

  • throw away (toss out)
  • throw (toss) one's hat in the ring
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