What does toss mean?

Definitions for toss
tɔs, tɒstoss

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flip, tossnoun

    the act of flipping a coin

  2. pass, toss, flipnoun

    (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team

    "the pass was fumbled"

  3. tossverb

    an abrupt movement

    "a toss of his head"

  4. flip, toss, sky, pitchverb

    throw or toss with a light motion

    "flip me the beachball"; "toss me newspaper"

  5. flip, tossverb

    lightly throw to see which side comes up

    "I don't know what to do--I may as well flip a coin!"

  6. chuck, tossverb

    throw carelessly

    "chuck the ball"

  7. convulse, thresh, thresh about, thrash, thrash about, slash, toss, jactitateverb

    move or stir about violently

    "The feverish patient thrashed around in his bed"

  8. discard, fling, toss, toss out, toss away, chuck out, cast aside, dispose, throw out, cast out, throw away, cast away, put awayverb

    throw or cast away

    "Put away your worries"

  9. tossverb


    "toss the salad"


  1. tossnoun

    A throw, a lob, of a ball etc., with an initial upward direction, particularly with a lack of care.

  2. tossnoun

    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. tossnoun

    A jot, in the phrase 'give a toss'.

    I couldn't give a toss about her.

  4. tossverb

    To throw with an initial upward direction.

    Toss it over here!

  5. tossverb

    To flip a coin, to decide a point of contention.

    I'll toss you for it.

  6. tossverb

    To discard: to toss out

    I don't need it anymore, you can just toss it.

  7. tossverb

    To stir or mix (a salad).

    to toss a salad; a tossed salad.

  8. tossverb

    To masturbate

  9. tossverb

    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."

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tossnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The discus that is to be seen in the hand of the celebrated Castor at Don Livio’s is perfectly round; nor has it any thing like a sling fastened to it, to add force to the toss. Add.

    His various modes from various fathers follow;
    One taught the toss, and one the new French wallow:
    His sword-knot this, his cravat that design’d. Dryden.

    There is hardly a polite sentence in the following dialogues which doth not require some suitable toss of the head. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Tossverb

    Etymology: tassen, Dutch; tasser, French, to accumulate; John Minsheu. Θεῶσαι, to dance; Meric Casaubon. Tosen, German, to make a noise; Stephen Skinner: perhaps from to us, a word used by those who would have any thing thrown to them.

    With this she seem’d to play, and as in sport,
    Toss’d to her love in presence of the court. Dryden.

    A shepherd diverted himself with tossing up eggs and catching them again. Addison.

    Back do I toss these treasons to thy head. William Shakespeare.

    Vulcano’s discharge forth with the fire not only metallick and mineral matter but huge stones, tossing them up to a very great height in the air. John Woodward, Nat. Hist. p. iv.

    Behold how they toss their torches on high,
    How they point to the Persian abodes. Dryden.

    I call’d to stop him, but in vain:
    He tost his arm aloft, and proudly told me,
    He would not stay. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    So talk too idle buzzing things;
    Toss up their heads, and stretch their wings. Matthew Prior.

    The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro. Prov. xxi. 6.

    Things will have their first or second agitation; if they be not tossed upon the arguments of counsel, they will be tossed upon the waves of fortune, and be full of inconstancy, doing and undoing. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Cowls, hoods, and habits, with their wearers tost,
    And flutter’d into rags. John Milton.

    I have made several voyages upon the sea, often been tossed in storms. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 489.

    She did love the knight of the red cross,
    For whose dear sake so many troubles her did toss. F. Qu.

    Calm region once,
    And full of peace, now tost and turbulent. John Milton.

    That scholar should come to a better knowledge in the Latin tongue than most do, that spend four years in tossing all the rules of grammar in common schools. Roger Ascham.

  3. To Tossverb

    Dire was the tossing! deep the groans! despair
    Tended the sick, busiest from couch to couch. John Milton.

    Galen tells us of a woman patient of his whom he found very weak in bed, continually tossing and tumbling from one side to another, and totally deprived of her rest. Gideon Harvey.

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

    And thou, my sire, not destin’d by thy birth,
    To turn to dust and mix with common earth,
    How wilt thou toss and rave, and long to die,
    And quit thy claim to immortality. Joseph Addison, Ovid.

    Your mind is tossing on the sea,
    There where your argosies
    Do overpeer the petty traffickers. William Shakespeare.

    I’d try if any pleasure could be found,
    In tossing up for twenty thousand pound. James Bramston.


  1. Töss

    Töss is a district in the Swiss city of Winterthur. It is district number 4. The district comprises the quarters Schlosstal, Dättnau, Eichliacker and Rossberg. It is named after the river Töss which flows through the district. In the Middle Ages, the village was renowned as the location of the Töss nunnery, where Elizabeth of Hungary and Elsbeth Stagel were the nuns. The latter described the lives of its nuns in some detail. Töss was formerly a municipality of its own, but was incorporated into Winterthur in 1922.


  1. toss

    To toss generally refers to the action of throwing something lightly or casually, often with an underhand motion. It can also refer to the action of moving something about carelessly or randomly. Additionally, in a game context, it can mean to flip a coin into the air to choose between two alternatives, often heads or tails.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tossverb

    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. Tossverb

    to lift or throw up with a sudden or violent motion; as, to toss the head

  3. Tossverb

    to cause to rise and fall; as, a ship tossed on the waves in a storm

  4. Tossverb

    to agitate; to make restless

  5. Tossverb

    hence, to try; to harass

  6. Tossverb

    to keep in play; to tumble over; as, to spend four years in tossing the rules of grammar

  7. Tossverb

    to roll and tumble; to be in violent commotion; to write; to fling

  8. Tossverb

    to be tossed, as a fleet on the ocean

  9. Tossnoun

    a throwing upward, or with a jerk; the act of tossing; as, the toss of a ball

  10. Tossnoun

    a throwing up of the head; a particular manner of raising the head with a jerk


  1. Toss

    In the sport of cricket, a coin is tossed to determine which team bats first. This is known as the toss. Before play begins, the captain of each side will inspect the pitch. Based on the pitch and weather conditions, the captains select their final eleven players. If the pitch is soft or dusty, the captain will tend to select more spin bowlers; if the pitch is hard, the choice tends to favour fast bowlers at the expense of spinners. Half an hour before the start of play, the two captains convene and exchange team selection sheets. These list the composition of each side, which cannot be changed for the duration of the match. Then, with the supervision of the umpires, a coin is tossed to determine who bats first. The umpires call of play marks the official beginning of the match. If the match is abandoned at any time after the toss, it stands as a match played and enters official statistical records. If a match is abandoned before the toss, it is not considered to have been played at all, and does not count for records. The captain who wins the toss must choose whether to bat or field. The decision is of great tactical importance, and the captain will have considered many variables before arriving at his decision. Because of the different natures of the games, it is considerably more common to choose to bat second in one-day cricket than it is in Test cricket.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Toss

    tos, v.t. to throw up suddenly or violently: to cause to rise and fall: to make restless: to agitate, pass from one to another: to toss up with: to drink off: to dress out smartly.—v.i. to be tossed: to be in violent commotion: to tumble about: to fling.—n. act of throwing upward: a throwing up of the head: confusion, commotion: a toss-up.—v.t. Toss′en (Spens.), to toss, to brandish.—n. Toss′er.—adv. Toss′ily, pertly.—ns. Toss′ing, the act of tossing or throwing upward: (B.) violent commotion: (mining) process of washing ores; Toss′-pot (Shak.), a toper, a drunkard; Toss′-up, the throwing up of a coin to decide anything: an even chance or hazard.—adj. Toss′y, pert, contemptuous.—Toss off, to drink off; Toss up, to throw up a coin and wager on which side it will fall. [Celt., as W. tosio, to jerk, tos, a quick jerk.]

Editors Contribution

  1. tossverb

    To throw (something) to someone; pass.

    Can you toss me that ball, please?

    Submitted by zakaria1409 on June 29, 2022  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of toss in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of toss in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of toss in a Sentence

  1. Robin Green:

    Spring has sprung. We're free at last, people. Free at last. Thank you mother nature, we're free. Time to toss open that metaphysical window and check out that psychic landscape. See lots of possibilities budding out there. Time to hoe those rows, feed that seed. Pretty soon you get a garden.

  2. John B. Gough:

    If you want to succeed in the world you must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a-coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the road side until someone comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.

  3. Amy Ray:

    . . .you said good friends are hard to come by I laughed and bought you a beer 'cause it's too corny to cry well sentiment given and sentiment lost you shook it off with a smirk and a toss and you were only joking.

  4. Carl Edwards:

    It's a fast track with a lot of character, the corners aren't perfect. There's bumps and seams, there's spots with no grip and spots with a ton of grip. It's got character. You throw the car down in the corner here and you toss that thing in sideways at 195 mph and you have to manage your tires. It's just a real fun racetrack. ... I could race here every week and be happy. I love it.

  5. Juvenal:

    Fortune can, for her pleasure, fools advance, And toss them on the wheels of Chance.

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  • WurfGerman
  • lanzamiento, tiro, desechar, tirarSpanish
  • sekoittaa, kolikonheitto, pois, heitto, heittää, heittää menemäänFinnish
  • fatiguer, tirer à pile ou face, mélanger, remuerFrench
  • הטלה, זרק, הטיל, זריקה, העיףHebrew
  • tirare, tirare un pallonetto, lancio moneta, testa o croce, fare testa o croce, lanciare una monetaItalian
  • 混ぜ合わせるJapanese
  • ត្រឡប់, ការបោះ, បោះ, ចោល, បោះចោលKhmer
  • opgooiDutch
  • kast, flipp, flippe, myntkast, kasteNorwegian
  • rzucać, rzucić, rzut, rzuceniePolish
  • arremessar, lançamento, tirar cara ou coroa, lançar, descartar, jogar, arremesso, tacar, jogar fora, misturarPortuguese
  • переме́шивать, жеребьёвка, подбрасывать, бросание, бросок, бросать, перемеша́тьRussian
  • hiva, slänga, slantsingling, langa, singla, kasta, slunga, hystaSwedish
  • โยนThai

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