Etymology: Middle English
Date: 15th century
a. to fling or heave continuously about, to and fro, or up and down <a ship tossed by waves> b. bandy 2 c. to mix lightly until well coated with a dressing or until the elements are thoroughly combined <toss a salad> 2. to make uneasy ; stir up ; disturb 3. a. 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> c. match 5a d. to send as if by throwing <tossed in jail> <tossed out of the game> e. to get rid of ; throw away 4. a. 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> 5. to accomplish, provide, or produce readily or easily <toss off a few verses> 6. throw 18 <toss a party> 7. vomit 1 — often used in the phrase toss one's cookies intransitive verb 1. a. 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 Synonyms: see throw • tosser noun II. noun Date: 1634 1. the state or fact of being tossed 2. an act or instance of tossing: as a. an abrupt tilting or upward fling b. a deciding by chance and especially by flipping a coin c. throw, pitch
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.