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 Center Andre Drummond, who hasn’t played since his debut was clipped short with a toe bruise and lost toenail, will play and start. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Lakers will be without Talen Horton-Tucker and possibly Kyle Kuzma against Heat," 8 Apr. 2021 After recent free-agent acquisition Andre Drummond lost a toenail in his debut on Wednesday, Gasol had to quickly get warm and play in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ loss to Milwaukee. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Lakers beat Sacramento for third win in last four games," 2 Apr. 2021 Drummond scored four points in 14 minutes before limping off the court early in the third quarter after trying to play without the toenail on his big right toe. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "Drummond leaves debut with bruised toe, Bucks beat LA 112-97," 1 Apr. 2021 There was just one tell that my skin was undergoing a chemical process—the gel had stripped away layers of my hot pink toenail polish, leaving a marbled effect. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "This Baby Foot Peel Really Does Give You the Softest Feet of Your Life," 28 Dec. 2020 Shooting guard Terrence Ross again did not participate in contact work due to his big toe fracture, and Clifford said forward James Ennis was unable to take part in contact drills because of a toenail issue. Roy Parry,, "Magic coach Steve Clifford plays waiting game for lineups amid injuries," 9 Dec. 2020 While most of the nails look normal-ish, a big ol' chunk of my left big toenail is noticeably yellow. Marci Robin, Allure, "Press-On Toenails Are My Weird Secret for a Cute, Quick Pedicure," 25 Nov. 2020 Taken in 1998 by Al Rendon, who is known for his photographs of local Hispanic leaders, the image shows its subject sporting traditional Mexican dress (minus a pair of flip flops accentuated by brightly colored toenail polish). Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Women Who Shaped the Past 100 Years of American Literature," 23 Sep. 2020 When the camera traded Michelle Obama for Larry Kudlow, what had seemed like a cozy fireside chat now looked more like a late-night infomercial to cure toenail fungus. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "Larry Kudlow’s Economic Hallucinations," 28 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Olive & June Has Invented the Pedicure Footstool You Didn't Know You Needed," 27 Oct. 2020

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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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“Toenail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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