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

“toss” in American English

Word of the Day


showing no fear of dangerous or difficult things

Word of the Day

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
by Colin McIntosh,
December 01, 2015
Are you a fan of shows like Doctor Who and Star Trek? Both shows have been around since the 1960s, and, not surprisingly, have generated some of their own vocabulary, some of which has now entered the Cambridge English Dictionary. The phenomenon of fandom, meaning “the state of being a fan of

Read More 

conversational user interface noun
conversational user interface noun
November 30, 2015
a computer interface that provides information to users in normal, conversational speech in response to spoken requests Nearly every major tech company—from Amazon to Intel to Microsoft to Google—is chasing the sort of conversational user interface that Kaplan and his colleagues at PARC imagined decades ago.

Read More