\ 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 The move comes on part of a federal judge who barred the singer-songwriter’s request to toss the case, which has been ongoing since 2018. Thania Garcia, Variety, 29 Sep. 2022 Toss with 1 tablespoon of the oil and roast for 10 minutes on the middle rack, then toss, and continue to roast for another 10 minutes. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2022 Put two teams out there and toss them a ball and someone, somewhere, will watch it. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 26 Sep. 2022 The plan was for Eovaldi to toss four or five innings. Julian Mcwilliams,, 23 Sep. 2022 Add tapioca to the apples, reseal the bag, and toss to combine. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2022 Those girls that easily toss their hair into a cute little messy updo with a claw clip that seems to stay put all day? Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 21 Sep. 2022 One player has to wear the reindeer headgear and another has to try and toss the rings onto the antlers. Annie O'sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 21 Sep. 2022 The 10-year-old also got to toss the ceremonial first pitch before the game, between the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 16 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are at least two toss-up races — Georgia and Nevada — where Democratic incumbents are on the defensive, but the map has tightened for Republicans too in places such as Wisconsin and Ohio. Phillip M. Bailey, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2022 Instead, Blake Masters in Arizona, Herschel Walker in Georgia and Oz in Pennsylvania are some of the first-time Senate candidates running in races that are either rated lean Democrat or toss-up by FiveThirtyEight. Hannah Demissie, ABC News, 14 Sep. 2022 In the once solidly red South, Georgia has become a spellbinding toss-up state. Kevin Lee, The New Republic, 6 Sep. 2022 Too many toss-up games, too much uncertainty on offense. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 31 Aug. 2022 Fox News Power Rankings rate the race between Kelly and GOP nominee Derek Schmidt as a toss-up, though previously the Republican candidate had an edge, especially as Kansas voters view inflation and high prices as the top issue. Thomas Phippen, Fox News, 24 Aug. 2022 All six of those races are in first-tier presidential toss-up states, and generally were viewed as more competitive than Ohio’s earlier in the campaign cycle. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 18 Aug. 2022 The maps approved to achieve that goal ultimately increased the number of toss-up districts. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 7 July 2022 The Cook Political Report offered a lower number of competitive districts, saying there are just 13 toss-up seats in the 269 districts drawn so far. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 7 Feb. 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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4 Oct 2022

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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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