\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Remove from the heat, add the butter and half the pecorino, then toss until combined and the butter has melted. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2022 Watching Rachel toss him overboard would have been so much more satisfying. Kristen Baldwin,, 2 Aug. 2022 Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if using, and toss again. People Staff,, 1 Aug. 2022 Racing days routinely toss curveballs at Harper and track operators. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2022 Shoppers who have the blueberries should not eat them and should toss them out, the FDA said. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 19 July 2022 Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to make sure everything is evenly coated. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 18 June 2022 Cliffs and tears, rips in the white blanket emerge, indicating a force that can toss city blocks of ice around like so many wrecked cars in a pileup. Ted Scambos, The Conversation, 7 June 2022 Pour a small amount of the pickling liquid into the bowl and toss well., 31 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The nonpartisan Cook Political Report immediately rated the matchup between Masters and Kelly a toss-up in a race that could help determine control of the Senate. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, 2 Aug. 2022 The title race is a toss-up among six drivers separated by 44 points with five races remaining. Jenna Fryer, ajc, 29 July 2022 Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball, referenced the difference in fundraising when explaining why the news website switched the district to a toss-up. The Indianapolis Star, 28 July 2022 Both candidates touted their MAGA bona fides as a pitch for the primary as well as the general election, which Cook Political Report labels as a toss-up. Matt Leach, Fox News, 16 July 2022 At the midway point of 2022, the stark fact highlighted in FiveThirtyEight's new midterm forecast is that while Republicans are heavily favored to win the House, the Senate is a virtual toss-up. Rick Klein, ABC News, 1 July 2022 There is little polling in the race, which is considered a toss-up. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 The real answer: a toss-up between The Kid LAROI and the founder of their label Big Hit Music, Bang Si-hyuk. Topher Gauk-roger,, 7 June 2022 The likely November matchup between the two is considered a toss-up. Grayson Quay, The Week, 24 May 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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