\ ˈtȯs How to pronounce toss (audio) , ˈtäs \
tossed; tossing; tosses

Definition of toss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
d : to send as if by throwing tossed in jail tossed out of the game
e : to get rid of : throw away
2a : 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
3a : to fling or heave continuously about, to and fro, or up and down a ship tossed by waves
c : to mix lightly until well coated with a dressing or until the elements are thoroughly combined toss a salad
4 : to make uneasy : stir up : disturb
5 : to accomplish, provide, or produce readily or easily toss off a few verses
6 : throw sense 5 toss a party
7 : vomit sense 1 often used in the phrase toss one's cookies

intransitive verb

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
2 : to decide an issue by flipping a coin



Definition of toss (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of tossing: such as
a : throw, pitch
b : an abrupt tilting or upward fling
c : a deciding by chance and especially by flipping a coin
2 : the state or fact of being tossed

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Other Words from toss


tosser noun

Synonyms for toss

Synonyms: Verb

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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

Examples of toss in a Sentence

Verb She tossed the ball high in the air. She tossed the paper at the recycling bin. He tossed his dirty socks onto the floor. He tossed his head back. She tossed her hair and smiled. Waves tossed the ship about. The ship tossed on the waves. Noun They decided what to do by a coin toss. the toss of a coin She threw her hair back with a toss of her head.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rokita's request to the judge: toss the lawsuit altogether. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, 16 June 2021 No judge will toss out the agreement with Waterford just because June is still traumatized. Hillary Kelly, Vulture, 16 June 2021 In medium bowl, toss zucchini with remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 14 June 2021 In a large bowl, carefully toss the okra with the buttermilk, ensuring the pieces are all coated. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 Think of it as the internet’s equivalent of a relay man in baseball: Rather than try to throw the ball to home plate on their own, an outfielder will instead toss it to an infielder, who in turn fires it to the catcher. Brian Barrett, Wired, 8 June 2021 When your garden delivers loads of vegetables, toss them on the grill. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 5 June 2021 Return frying pan with shallot oil to burner, turn heat down slightly (but not all the way to medium) and toss in carrots and parsnips, cut-side down. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 In a bowl, toss the carrots with the remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar and a pinch of salt., 1 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Mexico’s biggest state, Chihuahua, the race for governor is a toss-up. Dallas News, 4 June 2021 That's a toss-up between Kathy from Marquesas, Natalie White, and the Wardog. Dalton Ross,, 6 May 2021 The scoop-and-toss repayment does not take into account any 2022 budget shortfall, which Bennett said could top $1 billion. John Byrne,, 14 Apr. 2021 Sampson’s team had won five of six, the only loss coming on a 30-foot Brian Butch bank shot that handed Wisconsin a victory in a coin-toss game a week earlier. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Mar. 2021 But views on that are about as split as the Senate itself, which means Democrats could go from chasing popular ideas like boosting the minimum wage and getting cash to Americans to a partisan process brawl that has, at best, coin-toss backing. Philip Elliott, Time, 2 Mar. 2021 Admittedly, single use gadgets can often feel like a use-once-and-toss situation. Korin Miller - Delish, Chron, 1 Mar. 2021 Nationally, Democrats were spending millions of dollars in races that were far out of reach, such as in Alaska and Montana, instead of fortifying their incumbents in toss-up territories like the competitive California races. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2020 Though the infamous shoe-toss penalty that preserved LSU’s winning field-goal drive got most of the attention, the Gators were also undone by general sloppiness throughout. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of toss


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3a


1634, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for toss


Middle English

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“Toss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of toss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of toss (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


\ ˈtȯs How to pronounce toss (audio) \
tossed; tossing

Kids Definition of toss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to throw with a quick light motion
2 : to lift with a sudden motion The horse tossed its head.
3 : to throw or swing back and forth or up and down Waves tossed the ship about.
4 : to be thrown about rapidly A canoe was tossing on the waves.
5 : to move about restlessly Instead of sleeping, he tossed in his bed.
6 : to stir or mix lightly tossed salad



Kids Definition of toss (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of throwing something
2 : the act of lifting with a sudden motion a toss of the head

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