toss

verb
\ 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

toss

noun

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

Verb

tosser noun

Synonyms for toss

Synonyms: Verb

careen, lurch, pitch, rock, roll, seesaw, sway, wobble (also wabble)

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Verb

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

To match her iridescent romper, the singer swiped on a poppy pink lipstick and tossed her blonde lengths up into a wispy updo. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Taylor Swift’s Surprising Pedicure Shade Is Proof the ’90s Are Back," 15 Mar. 2019 Between jugglers on stilts tossing around light-up pins and Helen Mirren participating in the classic high striker game, Disney didn't overlook any details to turn the VIP tent into a full-fledged carnival. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie and Four of Her Children Attend the Premiere of Disney's Dumbo," 12 Mar. 2019 Roast, tossing once, until golden brown and tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Green Salad With Roasted Carrots and Creamy Tarragon Dressing," 11 Mar. 2019 My friend Lai, who was sitting next to me, quickly realized what was happening and pointed out Seulgi tossing her hair extension aside. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Red Velvet Members Share Their Biggest Skin-Care Secrets," 7 Mar. 2019 Return sausage and shrimp to skillet and toss to combine. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Old Bay Mashed Potatoes with Sauteed Shrimp and Sausage," 15 Feb. 2019 The lawyer – who's become something of a celebrity critic of President Trump – was criticized by the commander-in-chief last week after a federal judge tossed out a defamation lawsuit brought by Avenatti. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Michael Avenatti ordered by judge to hand over $4.85 million in back pay to attorney at his former law firm," 23 Oct. 2018 Trump is fond of tossing out conspiracy theories, even if just to add a sliver of doubt. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller officially rebuke a major Trump conspiracy theory," 13 July 2018 After a quick hair toss and a final check in the mirror, all that’s left to do is don a winner’s sash. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Watch Catriona Gray Do the Makeup She Wore to Win Miss Universe," 20 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Like the 8th, southern Minnesota's 1st District was rated a toss-up once Democratic Rep. Tim Walz opted to run for governor, and it's considered another prime GOP pickup opportunity. Steve Karnowski, Fox News, "Somali-American wins Minnesota Democratic US House primary," 15 Aug. 2018 The bags are also made from ballistic shell, a super sturdy and water-resistant material that ensures your bag will survive everything from a kayaking trip to the careless toss of a baggage handler. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "This New Duffle is Made for the Adventure Traveler," 1 Aug. 2018 The race has been rated a toss-up by political analysts. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black candidate made a rap album. His white opponent says it makes him unfit for Congress.," 18 July 2018 The event will end with a water balloon toss at 3:30, which Poulson says usually turns into a water balloon fight. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tosa's Ruckus and Glee is celebrating its third birthday with a Big Wheels race," 11 July 2018 That option is, admittedly, dependent on the toss of a coin. The Economist, "A practical guide to the most nail-biting part of the World Cup," 21 June 2018 The menu also includes salads and a toss of crispy artichokes and sunchokes. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Leonelli Taberna Opens in NoMad," 19 June 2018 Foles tried to squeeze a deep toss to receiver Mike Wallace, but Darby and McLeod converged to break up the pass. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Eagles practice observations: Sidney Jones held back with 'soreness;' Carson Wentz dials it up; Darren Sproles takes mental reps," 12 June 2018 Here's a good toss to Northern Iowa's Daurice Fountain in the end zone. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "Damon Webb picks off J.T. Barrett: See Ohio State highlights from Day 3 of 2018 Shrine Game practice," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of toss

Verb

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

Noun

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for toss

Verb

Middle English

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toss

verb

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

toss

noun

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

toss

verb
\ 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

toss

noun

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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