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 In her latest book, Larry Skadarry serves as a scapegoat who takes the blame when a parent forgets to take on the role of a tooth fairy. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 2 Dec. 2021 My kids believed in the tooth fairy for a while, too. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2021 New Zealand declared the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny to be essential workers early in the pandemic. Ryan Prior, CNN, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 12 Feb. 2020

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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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Last Updated

15 Dec 2021

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“Tooth fairy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tooth%20fairy. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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