tooth·​brush | \ ˈtüth-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce toothbrush (audio) \

Definition of toothbrush

: a brush for cleaning the teeth

Examples of toothbrush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The shipment contained 1,200 10-packs and 2,800 3-packs of the fake toothbrush heads. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "US customs officers seize more than 20,000 fake Oral-B toothbrush heads," 28 Nov. 2019 Stories of over-crowding, of children caring for toddlers, of no soap or water, no toys or toothbrushes. Carmel Mc Mahon, Longreads, "Brigid, Magdalene, My Mother, and Me," 13 Nov. 2019 DuPont coined the generic term nylon but didn’t trademark it, reserving proper names for specific uses, such as the Exton toothbrush bristles that were the first nylon on the market, beating stockings by a full year. Virginia Postrel, Twin Cities, "Virginia Postrel: The iPhone of 1939 helped liberate Europe. And women.," 1 Nov. 2019 Local restaurants provided meals and concerned citizens dropped off books, flowers, toothbrushes — and fresh chrysanthemums for the dining hall tables. Steve Rubenstein,, "44,000 evacuations ordered in Healdsburg and Windsor as Kincade Fire grows," 26 Oct. 2019 According to National Geographic, a billion toothbrushes will be thrown away this year. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Natural Products for Your Dopp Kit," 17 Oct. 2019 Unilever has already started selling products including toothbrushes made of bamboo, and cardboard deodorant sticks and refillable toothpaste tablets. Mike Corder, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Consumer goods giant Unilever vows to slash use of plastic," 7 Oct. 2019 The 300 toothbrushes proved too much for Margaret Dimond. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "These women are driving a truck of supplies to the U.S.-Mexico border to help migrant families ‘feel human again’," 29 July 2019 Whether they were inspired by the scene in Orange Is the New Black, in which Lorna gets her rocks off with Black Cindy’s toothbrush, is up for debate. Claire Gillespie,, "Women Are Apparently Using Electric Toothbrushes as Vibrators. An Ob-Gyn Has a Warning About That," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of toothbrush

1690, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of toothbrush was in 1690

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1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Toothbrush.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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How to pronounce toothbrush (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of toothbrush

: a brush for cleaning your teeth


tooth·​brush | \ ˈtüth-ˌbrəsh How to pronounce toothbrush (audio) \

Kids Definition of toothbrush

: a brush for cleaning the teeth


tooth·​brush | \ -ˌbrəsh How to pronounce toothbrush (audio) \

Medical Definition of toothbrush

: a brush for cleaning the teeth

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