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toast 1

v. toast·ed, toast·ing, toasts
v. tr.
1. To heat and brown (bread, for example) by exposure to radiant heat.
2. To warm thoroughly, as before a fire: toast one's feet.
v. intr.
To become toasted: This bread toasts well.
1. Sliced bread heated and browned.
2. Slang One that is doomed, in trouble, or unworthy of further consideration.

[Middle English tosten, from Old French toster, from Vulgar Latin *tostāre, frequentative of Latin torrēre, to parch, burn; see ters- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

toast 2

a. The act of raising a glass and drinking in honor of or to the health of a person or thing.
b. A proposal to drink to someone or something or a speech given before the taking of such a drink.
c. The one honored by a toast.
2. A person receiving much attention or acclaim: the toast of Broadway.
v. toast·ed, toast·ing, toasts
To drink to the health or honor of.
To propose or drink a toast.

[Perhaps from toast (from the use of spiced toast to flavor drinks).]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.toasted - browned over by exposure to heattoasted - browned over by exposure to heat; "he liked toasted marshmallows"
cooked - having been prepared for eating by the application of heat
ristaîur, grillaîur


[ˈtəʊstɪd] adjtostato/a


(təust) verb
to make (bread etc) brown in front of direct heat. We toasted slices of bread for tea.
bread that has been toasted. He always has two pieces of toast for breakfast.
ˈtoasted adjective
heated by direct heat, eg under a grill. toasted cheese; Do you like your bread toasted?
ˈtoaster noun
an electric machine for toasting bread.
ˈtoaster oven noun
a small oven for toasting bread or baking food.
ˈtoastrack noun
a small stand in which slices of toast can be served. Put the toastrack on the table.
References in classic literature ?
Joseph seemed sitting in a sort of elysium alone, beside a roaring fire; a quart of ale on the table near him, bristling with large pieces of toasted oat-cake; and his black, short pipe in his mouth.
Magdalen, in her department of service, had suffered in like manner under the old man's irritable humor: he had been dissatisfied with everything she did in the dining-room; and he had found fault with all the dishes, one after another, from the mutton-broth to the toasted cheese.
I ground and beat them between two stones; then took water, and made them into a paste or cake, which I toasted at the fire and eat warm with milk.
Theodore Vail was given a banquet by his old-time friends in the Washington postal service, and toasted as "the Monte Cristo of the Telephone.
And they toasted him in nut brown ale, and hailed him as their leader, by the name of Robin Hood.
So he sat, while the cabman toasted the publican, and the publican toasted the cabman, and both reviewed the affairs of the nation; so he still sat, when his master condescended to return, and drive off at last down-hill, along the curve of Lynedoch Place; but even so sitting, as he passed the end of his father's street, he took one glance from between shielding fingers, and beheld a doctor's carriage at the door.
When the thighs were burned and they had tasted the inward meats, they cut the rest of the meat up small, put the pieces on the spits and toasted them over the fire.
The liquor went briskly round; all absent friends were toasted, and the party moved forward to the rendezvous in high spirits.
Dinah did not sit down at first, but moved about, serving the others with the warm porridge and the toasted oat-cake, which she had got ready in the usual way, for she had asked Seth to tell her just what his mother gave them for breakfast.
Fanny, fatigued and fatigued again, was thankful to accept the first invitation of going to bed; and before Betsey had finished her cry at being allowed to sit up only one hour extraordinary in honour of sister, she was off, leaving all below in confusion and noise again; the boys begging for toasted cheese, her father calling out for his rum and water, and Rebecca never where she ought to be.
as I called him when he sung a seculare for my amusement, while I toasted him, in pure good humor, on a fork.
As soon as the cook went away, Cat-skin heated the king's soup, and toasted a slice of bread first, as nicely as ever she could; and when it was ready, she went and looked in the cabin for her little golden ring, and put it into the dish in which the soup was.