When you lightly throw something, you toss it. You might toss your lifejacket and backpack into a canoe before climbing in with the paddles.

You can toss a baseball to your friend in the backyard, or toss your trash in a wastebasket when you're finished with lunch. You can also toss a coin or toss a salad. Another way to toss is to move back and forth — or thrash — like an insomniac in bed or a boat on a stormy ocean.

Definitions of toss
  1. verb
    throw or toss with a light motion
    toss me newspaper”
    synonyms: flip, pitch, sky
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    throw with an underhand motion
    throw or pitch at a mark, as with coins
    throw back, toss back
    throw back with a quick, light motion
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    throw with force or recklessness
  2. verb
    lightly throw to see which side comes up
    synonyms: flip
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    change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
  3. verb
    throw carelessly
    synonyms: chuck
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    propel through the air
  4. verb
    toss the salad”
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    put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying
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    agitate, commove, disturb, raise up, shake up, stir up, vex
    change the arrangement or position of
  5. verb
    move or stir about violently
    synonyms: convulse, jactitate, slash, thrash, thrash about, thresh, thresh about
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    thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash
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    agitate, shake
    move or cause to move back and forth
  6. verb
    throw or cast away
    synonyms: cast aside, cast away, cast out, chuck out, discard, dispose, fling, put away, throw away, throw out, toss away, toss out
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    discard something previously learnt, like an old habit
    deep-six, give it the deep six
    toss out; get rid of
    throw away, of something encumbering
    junk, scrap, trash
    dispose of (something useless or old)
    get rid of
    throw away as refuse
    dispose of (something no longer useful or needed)
    forsake; leave behind
    liquidize, sell out, sell up
    get rid of all one's merchandise
    dispose of by selling
    close out
    terminate by selling off or disposing of
    chuck, ditch
    throw away
    dispense with
    forgo or do or go without
    forego, forfeit, forgo, give up, throw overboard, waive
    lose ( or lose the right to ( by some error, offense, or crime
    commit forever; commit irrevocably
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    get rid of, remove
    dispose of
  7. noun
    (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team
    synonyms: flip, pass
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    centering, snap
    (American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back
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    the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
  8. noun
    an abrupt movement
    “a toss of his head”
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    type of:
    motility, motion, move, movement
    a change of position that does not entail a change of location
  9. noun
    the act of flipping a coin
    synonyms: flip
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    type of:
    casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly
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