toe·​nail | \ ˈtō-ˌnāl How to pronounce toenail (audio) , -ˈnāl\

Definition of toenail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a nail of a toe


toenailed; toenailing; toenails

Definition of toenail (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fasten by toed nails : toe

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Tough As Nails Deluxe Manicure Kit For the general health and emotional well-being of your fellow passengers, please refrain clipping your toenails in public. Rachel Tepper Paley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You Need to Make Your Own Business-Class Worthy Dopp Kit," 20 June 2019 Lacing techniques can also be handy for temporary problems, like a black toenail that came from a long weekend of wearing brutally high heels. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "6 Lacing Hacks to Make Your Running Shoes Way More Comfortable," 8 May 2019 Get the Right Tools To keep toes looking neat, use a toenail clipper and follow the nail’s natural shape. Max Berlinger, New York Times, "Men, Are You Wearing Sandals This Summer? Read This First," 13 June 2018 She was interrogated by the Gestapo 14 times and tortured, her back scorched with a red-hot poker and all of her toenails pulled out. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "‘Code Name: Lise’ Review: The War’s Most Decorated Woman," 11 Jan. 2019 The female officer unsatisfied with her answers cut off half of her toenail. Christopher Sherman, Fox News, "Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua," 10 Aug. 2018 The idealized figures are crisply carved in minute detail: delineated feathers on the eagle; muscles, bones, hair curls and toenails on the figures, and irises in the eyes of Augustus and others. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "A Man Among Gods," 21 Sep. 2018 Even in the face of imminent, wall-spattering death or toenail-pulling torture, the speech of Inishmoreans exudes a homogenizing prosiness. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Orlando Bloom and Aidan Turner Are Drenched in Blood in London," 4 July 2018 Lipner's patient came to her after experiencing six months of trouble with her toenails. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Woman lost her toenails after fish pedicure," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of toenail


1691, in the meaning defined above


1900, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of toenail

: the hard covering at the end of a toe


toe·​nail | \ ˈtō-ˌnāl How to pronounce toenail (audio) \

Kids Definition of toenail

: the hard covering at the end of a toe


toe·​nail | \ ˈtō-ˌnāl, -ˈnā(ə)l How to pronounce toenail (audio) \

Medical Definition of toenail

: a nail of a toe

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