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 Can the First Cat and a toenail-clipping robot keep rats from chewing up the Moon? Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 May 2022 Lee's wife had a portion of the same foot amputated after seeing Shock for a procedure to address an ingrown toenail in 2014, according to a 2018 search warrant. Abigail Adams,, 26 Mar. 2022 Almost every runner gets a black toenail at some point in their career. Jeff Gaudette, Outside Online, 12 Oct. 2021 The toenail remarks came during defense attorney Laura Hogue's closing arguments. CBS News, 23 Nov. 2021 Animals that have never had their feet handled get quite nervous when some stranger picks up their feet with a pair of toenail clippers in hand. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Nov. 2021 The hundreds of thousands of acrylic nails used for the structure vary in size, from tiny toenail length to rectangular talon. New York Times, 26 Oct. 2021 The otter watchers have quickly become experts, able to identify an animal by a missing toenail or clipped ear. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 You precision trim the path and drive edges with a toenail clipper. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 10 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb People have asked me for panties, bras or lingerie, toenail clippings, all sorts of things like that. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 8 Jan. 2022 Just like its sister Poppy, the Posey is graciously fool-proof, even for those of us who are quicker to forego toenail polish rather than paint ourselves. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, 27 Oct. 2020 See More

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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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toe loop


to end all

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23 May 2022

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“Toenail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for toenail


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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