toe·​nail | \ ˈtō-ˌnāl , -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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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 In a case study published earlier this month in the journal JAMA Dermatology, doctors examine the story of a 20-year-old woman who lost all her toenails following a fish pedicure. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "This Woman's Toenails Fell Off After Getting a "Fish Pedicure"," 6 July 2018 After having the fish pedicure, the woman said her toenails stopped growing and then started falling off. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Fish pedicure causes woman to lose her toenails, report says," 3 July 2018 Giblin says that a seamless sock with a reinforced cushioning under the toe and a roomier toe box keeps his toenails intact. Julie Brown, Outside Online, "The Best Running Socks, According to Ultramarathoners," 22 June 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 \

Kids Definition of toenail

: the hard covering at the end of a toe


toe·​nail | \ ˈtō-ˌnāl, -ˈnā(ə)l \

Medical Definition of toenail

: a nail of a toe

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