tooth fairy


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 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 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, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Wonder how much the tooth fairy leaves for future kings of England? Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Prince William Smiles With Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis in a Previously Unseen Photo," 23 July 2019 My daughter was hysterical; convinced without a tooth the tooth fairy would never come to visit her. Kristen Hellmer, USA TODAY, "3 parenting fails I hope to laugh about later," 6 July 2018 All of her friends, and even her younger cousin, had been visited by the tooth fairy at least once. Kristen Hellmer, USA TODAY, "3 parenting fails I hope to laugh about later," 6 July 2018 Our daughter came out with her tooth fairy box and asked for the tooth. Kristen Hellmer, USA TODAY, "3 parenting fails I hope to laugh about later," 6 July 2018 However last year, despite the S&P 500 gaining nearly 18 percent, the tooth fairy dropped her gifting rate. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Poll: Tooth Fairy paid $271 million for lost teeth in 2017," 27 Feb. 2018 The tooth fairy still largely operates in dimes, quarters or even dollars. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "We're ditching cash. So how do we teach kids about money?," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of tooth fairy

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tooth fairy was in 1908

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something of little or no value

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