Definition of slang: 'tosser'

Definition of slang: ‘tosser’

Got this idea from BBC’s ‘Life on Mars’ so I wanted to use it in my latest casebook.

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Definition of slang word: ‘tosser’

9 thoughts on “Definition of slang word: ‘tosser’

  1. The Online Etymology Dictionary says it dates from 1977. My Oxford Concise Dictionary doesn’t hazard a guess at how long it’s been around. Does your research indicate an early enough origin?

    Oxford also just says it’s “vulgar slang,” and “used as a general term of abuse,” but other sources attribute a male sexual derivation, too. I used it in that general context in Irish Firebrands, during an argument in which the male MC angrily refers to a rival.

  2. The “male sexual derivation” that Christine mentions is that “tossing off” is an expression that can mean masturbating, specifically by a man. So “tosser” is like “wanker”, except less specific so a little more acceptable/under-the-radar 🙂
    (I’m British, if it helps!)

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