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
Examples from the Web for tost
Stand up amid the general hurricane, thy one tost sapling cannot, Starbuck!Moby Dick; or The Whale|Herman Melville
He becomes restless as the ocean, impelled by every contrary wind, and tost about by every sportive billow.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II|Francis Augustus Cox
While others have an anchor cast within the veil, these men are driven by the wind and tost.A Lamp to the Path|W. K. Tweedie
But "my state is so tost and weather-beaten, that it hath nowe no anchor-holde left to cleave unto."The English Novel in the Time of Shakespeare|J. J. Jusserand
Their talk did me perplex, All night I tumbled and tost; and thought of railroad specs, and how money was won and lost.The History of Gambling in England|John Ashton
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