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

Examples of toenail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Meide boasts about finding a mouse toenail and spider jaw on expeditions. Chad Lewis, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Shipwreck Off Florida’s Coast Pits Archaeologists Against Treasure Hunters," 30 Apr. 2017 Then, trim your toenails and use a scrub, loofah, or textured towel to slough off dead skin. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "10 ways to make your weekends feel more normal in quarantine," 22 Apr. 2020 Our fingernails match our toenails match our lipstick match our rouge. Rosalind Jana,, "The Case For At-Home Glamour," 6 Apr. 2020 The singer figures she’s riding shotgun in a new boyfriend’s vehicle, listening to Tom Petty songs, flashing freshly painted pink toenails and holding her hair back with Ray-Bans. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Makin' Tracks: Riley Green's 'In Love By Now'? Confirms His 1990s Influences," 19 July 2019 Others have side flaps that come in handy when dogs are entering and exiting the car, keeping the sides of your seats clean and safe from sharp toenails. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Ways to Dog Proof Your Vehicle Seats," 26 Feb. 2020 One of those here alone, Mahid Alizadha, a 17-year-old Afghani who grew up in Iran, clipped his toenails outside a tent. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "On a Greek Island, Migrants and Locals Are Wary Neighbors," 7 Feb. 2020 Soon after the flight attendants served a snack, a passenger seated across the aisle calmly removed his shoes and began clipping his toenails. Anchorage Daily News, "Stuck with an annoying airline seatmate? Here’s what you can do about it.," 17 Nov. 2019 Women cooked him meals, took him to the doctor, barber and dentist, clipped his fingernails and toenails. Los Angeles Times, "He was ‘goofy and innocent and often annoying,’ but he inspired a tough town to celebrate eccentricities," 24 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of toenail was in 1691

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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Toenail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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