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

Face mists packed with soothing ingredients that offer an antidote to fatigued complexions—and can be easily tossed into your bag for a midday pick-me-up or stored in the fridge for a post-workout blast of cool. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The Best Face Mists for Your Skin, According to Vogue Editors," 27 Apr. 2019 Children who showed up to the Capitol ready to go were tossed out by the police. Jillian Mackenzie, Town & Country, "A Brief History of the White House Easter Egg Roll," 28 Feb. 2019 The chicken in this delicious taco recipe is tossed with cocoa and cinnamon for a sweet take on everyone's favorite Tuesday night dish. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chicken Mole Tacos," 17 Jan. 2019 And no, Sephora isn't just tossing a dozen bottles of sunscreen into a bag and calling it a day. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Sephora’s New Sun Safety Kit Is Filled With Your Summer SPF Essentials," 23 Apr. 2019 Troll for trout, throw plastics and crankbaits for bass or toss small jigs and crankbaits tipped with worms or cut bait to tempt bluegill, crappie and perch. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Warm Lake offers chance to beat the heat, catch some fish near Cascade," 9 July 2018 The woman tossed back her sake and couldn’t taste either. Weike Wang, The New Yorker, "Omakase," 6 June 2018 In a large bowl, toss asparagus, snap peas, leek, and garlic with lemon juice and oil. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Vegetable Pizza," 7 Mar. 2019 According to Fox News’ 2018 Midterm Power Rankings, the race between Sinema and Republican Martha McSally is a toss-up as well. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Vulnerable Dems McCaskill, Sinema to attend fundraiser thrown by donor who called Trump supporters 'traitors,' 'low IQ'," 28 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The painting was valued at $25 million, and Sue won it in a coin toss. Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The War of The Grosses: Inside the Bitter Divorce Battle of the Laguna Beach "Bond King"," 22 Oct. 2018 Real or not, Delevingne joins a fierce lineup of women who've similarly challenged the limiting beauty ideals women have faced since, well, always—but is also embodying the growing toss-the-razor movement. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "In Her Smell, Cara Delevingne Makes the Case for Armpit Hair," 19 Apr. 2019 In a large bowl, toss seared broccoli with quartered potatoes, tuna and enough aioli to lightly coat all ingredients. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "How to Cold-Weather-Proof a Niçoise Salad," 22 Feb. 2019 The room no longer feels like a toss-away space, but rather a nook where the cast of Riff welcomes and includes everyone who walks through the door. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "The improv games at iO’s Riff turn into a goofy, full-fledged sing-along," 8 June 2018 The race will remain rated as a toss-up, according to David Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, because a new primary would give the GOP a chance to replace Mark Harris on the ballot. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "North Carolina Board Calls for New Election in Last Undecided House Race," 21 Feb. 2019 There, Adam Duvall gathered the ball, double-clutched and attempted to throw Swanson out at third base but skipped a wild toss into foul territory in front of the third-base visitors' dugout, allowing Swanson to score from first. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds, Jim Riggleman beat Atlanta Braves behind Sal Romano's solid outing," 23 Apr. 2018 In addition to the 73-yard deep ball to Chark, Lauletta had a one-yard TD toss to Western Kentucky’s Deon Yelder, and a 14-yarder to Oklahoma State’s Marcell Ateman. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "Senior Bowl 2018: Josh Allen's big third quarter and 13 other notable performers," 27 Jan. 2018 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

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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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