toss Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “toss” in the English Dictionary

"toss" in British English

See all translations


uk   /tɒs/  us   /tɑːs/

toss verb (THROW)

C2 [T usually + adv/prep] to ​throw something ​carelessly: He ​glanced at the ​letter and then tossed it into the ​bin. The ​bull tossed him up into the ​air. [+ two objects] Andrew tossed him the ​ball.
More examples

toss verb (FOOD)

[T] When you toss ​food you ​shake or ​mixsmallpieces of it together with a ​sauce or dressing: a tossed ​salad carrots tossed inbuttertoss a pancake UK to ​quickly and ​suddenlylift the ​pan in which a pancake (= a ​thin, ​flat, round ​cake) is ​cooking so that the ​pancake goes up into the ​air and ​turns over before ​falling back into the ​pan

toss verb (MOVE)

[T] If you toss ​yourhair or a ​part of ​yourbody you ​move it up and back ​suddenly: She tossed her ​head in ​annoyance. She tossed back her ​hair.toss and turn C2 [I] to ​move about from ​side to ​side or ​turn a lot in ​bed, ​especially because you cannot ​sleep: I was tossing and ​turning all ​night.

toss verb (COIN)

C1 [I or T] (also toss sb for sth, UK also toss up) to ​throw a ​coin up into the ​air and ​guess which ​side will ​landfacing up, as a way of making a ​decision: Let's toss (a ​coin) to ​see who'll go first. "I'll toss you for it - ​heads or ​tails?"


uk   /tɒs/  us   /tɑːs/

toss noun (MOVEMENT)

[C usually singular] a ​suddenquickmovement: "I don't ​care," she ​replied with a toss of her ​head.

toss noun (THROW)

a toss of a coin an ​act of ​throwing a ​coin in the ​air and ​guessing which ​side will ​landfacingupward as a way of ​deciding somethingwin/lose the toss to ​guesscorrectly/​wrongly which ​side of a ​coin will be ​facing up when it ​lands on the ​ground after being ​thrown [C] an ​act of ​throwing something in a ​careless or ​relaxed way
(Definition of toss from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"toss" in American English

See all translations

tossverb [T]

 us   /tɔs/
to ​throwgently or ​easily: He tossed his ​dirtyclothes on the ​floor. Matthew tossed the ​ball to his ​brother. When you toss ​food, you ​gentlymixsmallpieces of it together or with a ​sauce: I tossed the ​salad. If you toss ​yourhair or ​yourhead, you move it ​suddenly: The ​girl tossed her ​hair out of her ​eyes.toss a coin If you toss a ​coin, you ​choose between two ​possibilities by ​throwing a ​coin into the ​air and ​letting each ​siderepresent one of the ​possibilities, then ​accepting the ​possibilityrepresented by the ​side that ​landsfacing up: We tossed to ​see who would go first.

tossnoun [C]

 us   /tɔs/
a ​sudden, ​quickmovement or ​throw: "I don’t ​care," she ​replied with a toss of her ​head.
(Definition of toss from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of toss?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


to give someone knowledge or to train someone; to instruct

Word of the Day

Out of Africa
Out of Africa
by Colin McIntosh,
October 01, 2015
A recent discovery off the coast of the island of Taiwan, made by local fishermen, is causing scientists to re-examine their ideas about early humans. The skull of a male human, now nicknamed Penghu Man, was found to differ significantly from the skulls of the Homo Erectus species previously known in the

Read More 

dolla noun
dolla noun
September 28, 2015
slang money Can I have some dolla?

Read More