This boy is about to toss a ball to a friend.
- The definition of a toss is a throw or fling of something, or a flip of a coin.
- An example of a toss is a throw of a baseball glove onto the stoop.
- An example of a toss is a flip of coin to decide which team goes first.
- Toss is defined as to throw lightly, or to mix together ingredients to cover them with salad dressing or a sauce.
- An example of to toss is to gently throw a ball onto the grass.
- An example of to toss is to mix together salad greens and a dressing.
- to throw or pitch about; fling here and there; buffet: a boat tossed by a storm
- to mix lightly the parts or ingredients of (esp. a salad)
- to disturb; agitate; disquiet
- to throw (in various senses); specif., to throw upward, lightly and easily, from the hand
- to throw in or bandy (ideas, remarks, etc.)
- to lift quickly; jerk upward: tossing her head in disdain
- to toss a coin with (someone) for deciding something according to which side will land uppermost
- to get rid of; throw away; discard
Origin of tossprobably from Scand, as in Norwegian dialect, dialectal tossa, to spread, strew; akin to Middle Low German t?sen, to tear, Middle English (to)tusen, to pull to pieces from Indo-European base an unverified form d?(i)-, to part, tear from source tease
- to be flung to and fro; be thrown about or pitched about
- to fling oneself about in sleep, etc.; be restless in bed
- to move or go impatiently, angrily, or disdainfully, as with a toss of the head
- to toss a coin, as in letting chance decide something
- a tossing or being tossed; a throw, fling, pitch, etc.
- toss-up (sense )
- the distance that something is or can be tossed
- to make, do, write, etc. quickly, casually, and without effort
- to drink up in one draft
- Brit., Slang to masturbate: a vulgar usage
verbtossed, toss·ing, toss·es
- To throw lightly or casually or with a sudden jerk: tossed the shirt on the floor. See Synonyms at throw.
- a. To throw or propel upward: The bull tossed him over the fence.b. To throw or propel to the ground: The horse tossed its rider.c. To cause to move from side to side or up and down: boats that were tossed by the storm.d. To move or lift (the head) with a sudden motion.
- To mix (food) lightly so as to cover with dressing or sauce: toss a salad.
- To discuss informally; bandy: tossed the idea around.
- a. To flip (coins) in order to decide an issue.b. To flip coins with: I'll toss you to see who goes first.
- a. To put in a given position, condition, or situation: tossed the suspect in jail.b. To throw away; discard: I tossed the newspaper after reading it.c. To disqualify or eject: The starter was tossed for throwing illegal pitches.
- To be thrown here and there; be flung to and fro or up and down: The canoe tossed about on the waves.
- To move about restlessly; twist and turn: toss in one's sleep.
- To flip a coin to decide an issue.
- a. The act of tossing something: the toss of a hat.b. The distance that something is or can be tossed.
- An abrupt upward movement, as of the head.
- A flipping of a coin to decide an issue: The home team won the toss and elected to receive.
Origin of tossMiddle English tossen possibly of Scandinavian origin
- A throw, a lob, of a ball etc., with an initial upward direction, particularly with a lack of care.
- (cricket, soccer) The toss of a coin before a cricket match in order to decide who bats first, or before a football match in order to decide the direction of play.
- (UK, slang) A jot, in the phrase 'give a toss'.
- I couldn't give a toss about her.
(third-person singular simple present tosses, present participle tossing, simple past and past participle tossed or the obsolete tost)
- To throw with an initial upward direction.
- Toss it over here!
- To lift with a sudden or violent motion.
- to toss the head
- To agitate; to make restless.
- To subject to trials; to harass.
- To flip a coin, to decide a point of contention.
- I'll toss you for it.
- To discard: to toss out
- I don't need it anymore, you can just toss it.
- To stir or mix (a salad).
- to toss a salad; a tossed salad.
- (UK, vulgar, slang) To masturbate
- (informal) To search (a room or a cell), sometimes leaving visible disorder, as for valuables or evidence of a crime.
- "Someone tossed just his living room and bedroom." / "They probably found what they were looking for."
- (intransitive) To roll and tumble; to be in violent commotion.
- tossing and turning in bed, unable to sleep
- (intransitive) To be tossed, as a fleet on the ocean.