Toss vs Buffet - What's the difference?

toss | buffet |

As nouns the difference between toss and buffet

is that toss is a throw, a lob, of a ball etc, with an initial upward direction, particularly with a lack of care while buffet is buffet.

As a verb toss

is to throw with an initial upward direction.




  • A throw, a lob, of a ball etc., with an initial upward direction, particularly with a lack of care.
  • (cricket, football) The toss of a coin before a cricket match in order to decide who bats first, or before a football match in order to decide the direction of play.
  • (British, slang) A jot, in the phrase 'give a toss'.
  • I couldn't give a toss about her.

    Derived terms

    * argue the toss


  • To throw with an initial upward direction.
  • Toss it over here!
  • To lift with a sudden or violent motion.
  • to toss the head
  • * Addison
  • He tossed his arm aloft, and proudly told me, / He would not stay.
  • To agitate; to make restless.
  • * Milton
  • Calm region once, / And full of peace, now tossed and turbulent.
  • To subject to trials; to harass.
  • * Herbert
  • Whom devils fly, thus is he tossed of men.
  • To flip a coin, to decide a point of contention.
  • I'll toss you for it.
  • To discard: to toss out
  • ''I don't need it anymore, you can just toss it.
  • To stir or mix (a salad).
  • to toss''' a salad; a '''tossed salad.
  • (British, vulgar, slang) To masturbate
  • (informal) To search (a room or a cell), sometimes leaving visible disorder, as for valuables or evidence of a crime.
  • "Someone tossed just his living room and bedroom." / "They probably found what they were looking for."
  • * 2003 , Joseph Wambaugh, Fire Lover , p. 258:
  • John Orr had occasion to complain in writing to the senior supervisor that his Playboy and Penthouse magazines had been stolen by deputies. And he believed that was what prompted a random search of his cell for contraband. He was stripped, handcuffed, and forced to watch as they tossed his cell .
  • * 2009 , , Red Dragon :
  • Rankin and Willingham, when they tossed his cell , they took Polaroids so they could get everything back in place.
  • * 2011 , Linda Howard, Kill and Tell: A Novel :
  • Hayes had watched him toss a room before. He had tapped walls, gotten down on his hands and knees and studied the floor, inspected books and lamps and bric-abrac.
  • To roll and tumble; to be in violent commotion.
  • tossing and turning in bed, unable to sleep
  • To be tossed, as a fleet on the ocean.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (obsolete) To keep in play; to tumble over.
  • to spend four years in tossing the rules of grammar
  • To peak (the oars), to lift them from the rowlocks and hold them perpendicularly, the handle resting on the bottom of the boat.
  • See also

    * tosser * toss off * toss in * toss and turn


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    Etymology 1

    (wikipedia buffet) .


    (en noun)
  • A counter or sideboard from which food and drinks are served or may be bought.
  • *
  • They stayed together during three dances, went out on to the terrace, explored wherever they were permitted to explore, paid two visits to the buffet , and enjoyed themselves much in the same way as if they had been school-children surreptitiously breaking loose from an assembly of grown-ups.
  • Food laid out in this way, to which diners serve themselves.
  • A small stool; a stool for a buffet or counter.
  • * Townely Myst
  • Go fetch us a light buffet .
    * (food ): buffet meal, smorgasbord

    Etymology 2

    Old French '', diminutive of ''buffe'', cognate with Italian ''buffetto''. See buffer''', '''buffoon , and compare German ''puffen , to jostle, to hustle


    (en noun)
  • A blow or cuff with or as if with the hand, or by any other solid object or the wind.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • On his cheek a buffet fell.
  • * Burke
  • those planks of tough and hardy oak that used for years to brave the buffets of the Bay of Biscay
  • * {{quote-book, year=1960
  • , author= , title=(Jeeves in the Offing) , section=chapter VII and XIV , passage=Kipper stood blinking, as I had sometimes seen him do at the boxing tourneys in which he indulged when in receipt of a shrewd buffet on some tender spot like the tip of the nose.}}
    * (blow''): blow, collision (''by any solid object''), cuff (''with the hand )


  • To strike with a buffet; to cuff; to slap.
  • * Bible, Matthew xxvi. 67
  • They spit in his face and buffeted him.
  • (figurative) to aggressively challenge, denounce, or criticise.
  • * 2013 May 23, , " British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party," New York Times (retrieved 29 May 2013):
  • Buffeted by criticism of his policy on Europe, battered by rebellion in the ranks over his bill to legalize same-sex marriage and wounded by the perception that he is supercilious, contemptuous and out of touch with mainstream Conservatism, Mr. Cameron earlier this week took the highly unusual step of sending a mass e-mail (or, as he called it, “a personal note”) to his party’s grass-roots members.
  • To affect as with blows; to strike repeatedly; to strive with or contend against.
  • to buffet the billows
  • * Broome
  • The sudden hurricane in thunder roars, / Buffets the bark, and whirls it from the shores.
  • * W. Black
  • You are lucky fellows who can live in a dreamland of your own, instead of being buffeted about the world.
  • To deaden the sound of (bells) by muffling the clapper.
  • Etymology 3

    Old French, of unknown origin.