I. verb Etymology: Middle English Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. 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 throwtosser 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.


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