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toss

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verb \ ˈtȯs , ˈtäs \

Definition of toss

transitive verb
1 a :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 5a
d :to send as if by throwing
  • tossed in jail
  • tossed out of the game
e :to get rid of :throw away
2 a :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
3 a :to fling or heave continuously about, to and fro, or up and down
  • a ship tossed by waves
b :bandy 2
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 5
  • toss a party
7 :vomit 1 often used in the phrase toss one's cookies
intransitive verb
1 a :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

tosser

noun

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.

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Origin and Etymology of toss

Middle English

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

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toss

noun

Definition of toss

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

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.

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First Known Use of toss

1634



TOSS Defined for English Language Learners

toss

play
verb

Definition of toss for English Language Learners

  • : 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


toss

noun

Definition of toss for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TOSS Defined for Kids

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toss

play
verb \ ˈtȯs \

Definition of toss for Students

tossed; tossing
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

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toss

noun

Definition of toss for Students

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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