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toast1

[tohst] /toʊst/
noun
1.
sliced bread that has been browned by dry heat.
verb (used with object)
2.
to brown, as bread or cheese, by exposure to heat.
3.
to heat or warm thoroughly at a fire:
She toasted her feet at the fireplace.
verb (used without object)
4.
to become toasted.
Idioms
5.
be toast, Slang. to be doomed, ruined, or in trouble:
If you're late to work again, you're toast!
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English to(o)sten < Middle French toster < Vulgar Latin *tostāre, derivative of Latin tostus (< *torstos), past participle of torrēre to parch, roast, from a base *tors-, akin to Gothic thaursus, Old Norse thurr dry; (noun) late Middle English to(o)ste, derivative of the v.; see torrid, thirst

toast2

[tohst] /toʊst/
noun
1.
a salutation or a few words of congratulation, good wishes, appreciation, remembrance, etc., uttered immediately before drinking to a person, event, etc.
2.
a person, event, sentiment, or the like, in honor of whom another or others raise their glasses in salutation and then drink.
3.
an act or instance of thus drinking:
They drank a toast to the queen.
4.
a call on another or others to drink to some person or thing.
5.
a person who is celebrated as with the spirited homage of a toast:
She was the toast of five continents.
verb (used with object)
6.
to drink to the health of or in honor of; propose a toast to or in honor of.
7.
to propose as a toast.
verb (used without object)
8.
to propose or drink a toast.
Origin
1690-1700; figurative use of toast1 (noun); the name of a lady so honored was said to give flavor to the drink comparable to that given by spiced toast
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Examples for toasting
  • At the reception, the couple customarily uses a toasting cup called a coupe de marriage.
  • toasting also likely imparted a pleasant flavour to the resulting tea.
British Dictionary definitions for toasting

toast1

/təʊst/
noun
1.
sliced bread browned by exposure to heat, usually under a grill, over a fire, or in a toaster
2.
(informal) be toast, to face certain destruction or defeat
verb
3.
(transitive) to brown under a grill or over a fire to toast cheese
4.
to warm or be warmed in a similar manner to toast one's hands by the fire
Word Origin
C14: from Old French toster, from Latin tōstus parched, baked from torrēre to dry with heat; see thirst, torrid

toast2

/təʊst/
noun
1.
a tribute or proposal of health, success, etc, given to a person or thing by a company of people and marked by raising glasses and drinking together
2.
a person or thing honoured by such a tribute or proposal
3.
(esp formerly) an attractive woman to whom such tributes are frequently made she was the toast of the town
verb
4.
to propose or drink a toast to (a person or thing)
5.
(intransitive) to add vocal effects to a prerecorded track: a disc-jockey technique See also rap1 (sense 6)
Derived Forms
toaster, noun
Word Origin
C17 (in the sense: a lady to whom the company is asked to drink): from toast1,from the idea that the name of the lady would flavour the drink like a piece of spiced toast
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Word Origin and History for toasting

toast

v.

"to brown with heat," late 14c., from Old French toster "to toast or grill" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *tostare (source of Italian tostare, Spanish tostar), frequentative of Latin torrere (past participle tostus) "to parch" (see terrain). Related: Toasted; toasting.

"to propose or drink a toast," 1700, from toast (n.1). This probably is the source of the Jamaican and U.S. black word meaning "extemporaneous narrative poem or rap" (1962). Related: Toasted; toasting.

n.

"a call to drink to someone's health," 1700 (but said by Steele, 1709, to date to the reign of Charles II), originally referring to the beautiful or popular woman whose health is proposed and drunk, from the use of spiced toast (n.2) to flavor drink, the lady regarded as figuratively adding piquancy to the wine in which her health was drunk.

"a toasted piece of bread," early 15c., from toast (v.1); slang meaning "a goner, person or thing already doomed or destroyed" is recorded by 1987, perhaps from notion of computer circuits being "fried," and with unconscious echoes of earlier figurative phrase to be had on toast (1886) "to be served up for eating."

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Slang definitions & phrases for toasting

toast

adjective
  1. Excellent; wonderful; cool, tits, tubular: She told me my clothes were real toast (1970s+ Teenagers fr black)
  2. Ruined; actually or occupationally destroyed; kaput: finished in one's career, as in ''He's toast''/ Much of the punditocracy that once embraced Clinton is declaring him dead. Buried. Toast (1980s+)
verb

To talk or chant in the reggae music mode: not exactly toasting, it was a kind of primitive rapping, consisting mainly of new slang words and an occasional joke (1970s+ Musicians)


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