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

Definition of toss

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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
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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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 Do your own three-legged races, toss-your-shoe contests and cartwheel competitions. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "No fireworks, parades or community gatherings? Here's what your family can do on the 4th of July instead.," 27 June 2020 Filmed in Arizona, the 66-year-old actress wasn't strong enough to toss the tire through the glass, so a small man dressed as a little old lady did the deed. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "Infamous Characters from TV Commercials," 25 June 2020 Each seat will also feature a drop-down footwell to allow for more personal space and multiple sleeping positions, which is great news for anyone who likes to toss and turn. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Double-decker Airplane Seat Could One Day Allow Everyone to Have Lie-flat Seats — Even in Economy," 24 June 2020 Gently unroll them, toss with more flour, and place in piles on a dish towel until ready to cook. cleveland, "‘Visit’ Rome via a staycation of recipes and cooking lessons," 24 June 2020 These tools are designed to incapacitate anyone nearby who is not prepared for the sound or light and to facilitate the movement of the police or soldiers who toss them. Kelsey D. Atherton, Scientific American, "What “Less Lethal” Weapons Actually Do," 23 June 2020 Staff will help answer questions, provide limited bait and cane poles for those who want to toss a line in. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "Calendar: Events return to Humble area amid coronavirus reopenings," 15 June 2020 Pie Order one of the signature take ‘n bake pizzas for $14, and toss it on the grill or bake at home when everyone’s ready to chow down. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Father's Day 2020: 48 metro Phoenix restaurants with special deals for dine-in and takeout," 15 June 2020 Just toss them in the washing machine on the cold setting after use. Popular Science, "Reusable sandwich bags and wraps for eco-friendly eats," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The second spot is a toss-up between Policelli and Kody Clemens, who came around late last season. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Predicting Detroit Tigers' 20-man taxi squad: Here's who makes the cut," 25 June 2020 He was also convicted of assaulting a police officer for the coffee toss that happened days later. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cleveland man gets life sentence in gas station killing, throwing of hot coffee on detective during interrogation," 19 June 2020 Add the vinaigrette and sesame seeds, if using, to the slaw and toss until well coated. Washington Post, "Gochujang brings the big flavor that skinny pork chops need," 9 June 2020 For those wondering about our chances for monsoon rains, the outlook is pretty much a toss-up. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Arizona monsoon 2020: Is rain coming soon? Maybe not, but the heat is already here," 8 June 2020 Gardner’s race is considered a toss-up, according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Conservation bill to bring rare bipartisanship to Senate floor next week," 6 June 2020 Drain and in a large bowl toss with 1 tablespoon of the extra-virgin olive oil. Christian Reynoso,, "California squid is worth the work for this pasta recipe with basil and chiles," 5 June 2020 Bullock's entry turned a race that was considered a likely re-election bid into a toss-up. USA TODAY, "Pandemic, George Floyd death has once-confident Senate Republicans on defense in November election," 4 June 2020 In New Mexico, first-term Democratic Representative Xochitl Torres Small’s race is considered a toss-up. Daniel Flatley,, "Battle for House Control Shaped by Bitter Primary Contests," 3 June 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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29 Jun 2020

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“Toss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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

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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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