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Meaning of toss by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /tɒs/
    • Rhymes: -ɒs
    • ( US ) IPA: /tɔs/, /tɑs/


    toss ( plural: tosses )

    1. A throw, a lob, of a ball etc., with an initial upward direction, particularly with a lack of care .
    2. ( 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 .
    3. ( UK, slang ) A jot, in the phrase 'give a toss' .
      I couldn't give a toss about her .

    Derived terms


    toss ( third-person singular simple present tosses present participle tossing, simple past and past participle tossed or the obsolete tost )

    1. To throw with an initial upward direction .
      Toss it over here!
    2. To flip a coin, to decide a point of contention .
      I'll toss you for it .
    3. To discard: to toss out
      I don't need it anymore, you can just toss it .
    4. To stir or mix ( a salad ) .
      to toss a salad; a tossed salad .
    5. ( UK, vulgar, slang ) To masturbate
    6. ( transitive, 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."

    See also


    • OSTs
    • sots
    • SSTO

Explanation of toss by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. agitate

    2. toss the salad
    3. throw or toss with a light motion

    4. toss me newspaper
    5. throw carelessly

    6. move or stir about violently

    7. lightly throw to see which side comes up

    8. throw or cast away

    1. the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team

    2. an abrupt movement

    3. a toss of his head
    4. the act of flipping a coin

    Definition of toss by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Toss v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tossed ( ); ( less properly Tost ); p. pr. & vb. n. Tossing.] [ W. tosiaw, tosio, to jerk, toss, snatch, tosa quick jerk, a toss, a snatch. ]
      1. To throw with the hand; especially, to throw with the palm of the hand upward, or to throw upward; as, “to toss a ball”.

      2. To lift or throw up with a sudden or violent motion; as, “to toss the head”.

      He tossed his arm aloft, and proudly told me,

      He would not stay. Addison.

      3. To cause to rise and fall; as, “a ship tossed on the waves in a storm”.

      We being exceedingly tossed with a tempest. Act xxvii. 18.

      4. To agitate; to make restless.

      Calm region once,

      And full of peace, now tossed and turbulent. Milton.

      5. Hence, to try; to harass.

      Whom devils fly, thus is he tossed of men. Herbert.

      6. To keep in play; to tumble over; as, “to spend four years in tossing the rules of grammar”. [Obs.] Ascham.

      To toss off, to drink hastily. to accomplish easily or quickly. to say in an offhand manner; as, “to toss off a comment”. to masturbate; -- British slang. -- To toss the cars.See under Oar, n.

    2. Toss, v. i.
      1. To roll and tumble; to be in violent commotion; to write; to fling.

      To toss and fling, and to be restless, only frets and enrages our pain. Tillotson.

      2. To be tossed, as a fleet on the ocean. Shak.

      To toss for, to throw dice or a coin to determine the possession of; to gamble for. -- To toss up, to throw a coin into the air, and wager on which side it will fall, or determine a question by its fall. Bramsion.

    3. Toss, n.
      1. A throwing upward, or with a jerk; the act of tossing; as, “the toss of a ball”.

      2. A throwing up of the head; a particular manner of raising the head with a jerk. Swift.