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verb \ˈtȯs, ˈtäs\

Simple Definition of toss

  • : to throw (something) with a quick, light motion

  • : to move or lift (something, such as a part of your body) quickly or suddenly

  • : to move (something) back and forth or up and down

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of toss

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to fling or heave continuously about, to and fro, or up and down <a ship tossed by waves>b :  bandy 2c :  to mix lightly until well coated with a dressing or until the elements are thoroughly combined <toss a salad>

  3. 2 :  to make uneasy :  stir up :  disturb

  4. 3a :  to throw with a quick, light, or careless motion or with a sudden jerk <toss a ball around>b :  to throw up in the air <tossed by a bull>c :  match 5ad :  to send as if by throwing <tossed in jail> <tossed out of the game>e :  to get rid of :  throw away

  5. 4a :  to fling or lift with a sudden motion <tosses her head angrily>b :  to tilt suddenly so as to empty by drinking <tossed his glass>; also :  to consume by drinking <toss down a drink>

  6. 5 :  to accomplish, provide, or produce readily or easily <toss off a few verses>

  7. 6 :  throw 18 <toss a party>

  8. 7 :  vomit 1 —often used in the phrase toss one's cookies

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1a :  to move restlessly or turbulently; especially :  to twist and turn repeatedly <tossed sleeplessly all night>b :  to move with a quick or spirited gesture

  11. 2 :  to decide an issue by flipping a coin



Examples of toss in a sentence

  1. She tossed the ball high in the air.

  2. She tossed the paper at the recycling bin.

  3. He tossed his dirty socks onto the floor.

  4. He tossed his head back.

  5. She tossed her hair and smiled.

  6. Waves tossed the ship about.

  7. The ship tossed on the waves.

Origin and Etymology of toss

Middle English

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of toss

throw, cast, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, sling mean to cause to move swiftly through space by a propulsive movement or a propelling force. throw is general and interchangeable with the other terms but may specifically imply a distinctive motion with bent arm <can throw a fastball and a curve>. cast usually implies lightness in the thing thrown and sometimes a scattering <cast it to the winds>. toss suggests a light or careless or aimless throwing and may imply an upward motion <tossed the coat on the bed>. fling stresses a violent throwing <flung the ring back in his face>. hurl implies power as in throwing a massive weight <hurled himself at the intruder>. pitch suggests throwing carefully at a target <pitch horseshoes>. sling stresses either the use of whirling momentum in throwing or directness of aim <slung the bag over his shoulder>.




Simple Definition of toss

  • : the act of throwing or tossing something with a quick, light motion

  • : the act of throwing a coin up into the air in order to make a decision about something based on which side of the coin is shown after it lands

  • : the act of moving your head suddenly upward and backward

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of toss

  1. 1 :  the state or fact of being tossed

  2. 2 :  an act or instance of tossing: asa :  an abrupt tilting or upward flingb :  a deciding by chance and especially by flipping a coinc :  throw, pitch

Examples of toss in a sentence

  1. They decided what to do by a coin toss.

  2. the toss of a coin

  3. She threw her hair back with a toss of her head.


First Known Use of toss


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verb \ˈtȯs\

Definition of toss for Students



  1. 1 :  to throw with a quick light motion

  2. 2 :  to lift with a sudden motion <The horse tossed its head.>

  3. 3 :  to throw or swing back and forth or up and down <Waves tossed the ship about.>

  4. 4 :  to be thrown about rapidly <A canoe was tossing on the waves.>

  5. 5 :  to move about restlessly <Instead of sleeping, he tossed in his bed.>

  6. 6 :  to stir or mix lightly <tossed salad>




Definition of toss for Students

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of throwing something

  2. 2 :  the act of lifting with a sudden motion <a toss of the head>

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