tooth fairy

noun

Definition of tooth fairy

: a fairy believed by children to leave money while they sleep in exchange for a tooth that has come out

Examples of tooth fairy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New Zealand declared the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny to be essential workers early in the pandemic. Ryan Prior, CNN, "How Santa Claus will deliver presents safely in the Covid-19 pandemic, explained by kids," 19 Dec. 2020 The girl woke up with a loose tooth recently and worried the tooth fairy wouldn’t be able to pay because of the shortage. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Notre Dame and Michigan State become latest to move classes online as colleges grapple with outbreaks," 19 Aug. 2020 Some parents tell their kids that a paci fairy — similar to a tooth fairy — will come at night and take away all the pacifiers, leaving a reward in return. Anna Nowogrodzki, New York Times, "How to Ditch the Pacifier," 15 Apr. 2020 As penance for dashing a child’s hopes, a rough-and-tumble hockey player must serve time as a genuine tooth fairy. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 As penance for dashing a child’s hopes, a rough-and-tumble hockey player must serve time as a genuine tooth fairy. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 Detroit Free Press Michigan State football fans got a visit from the tooth fairy, Santa Claus and anyone else who brings good tiddings overnight. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Don't blame Mel Tucker for taking Michigan State football job: Social media reacts," 12 Feb. 2020 As penance for dashing a child’s hopes, a rough-and-tumble hockey player must serve time as a genuine tooth fairy. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 Bluey, a 6-year-old puppy, proudly tells her dad, Bandit, the tooth fairy gave her $5. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, "Finally! 'Bluey' on Disney is a show kids can watch on repeat without driving parents crazy," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of tooth fairy

1908, in the meaning defined above

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26 Dec 2020

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“Tooth fairy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tooth%20fairy. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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