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 Within hours, Deniz-Sahagun was dead, an orange sock lodged in his throat and a nine-centimeter piece of a toothbrush handle in his stomach, according to the ICE report. USA Today, "Deaths in custody. Sexual violence. Hunger strikes. What we uncovered inside ICE facilities across the US," 20 Dec. 2019 For stains or super-dirty spots, dip a wet brush (an old toothbrush works great for getting into tiny crevices) in baking soda. Amy Mitchell, Country Living, "How to Clean White Shoes," 14 Dec. 2019 Save on toothpaste, toothbrushes—even Crest Whitestrips—shampoo and conditioner sets, and electric shavers, beard trimmers, epilators and IPLs. CNN Underscored, "The best Black Friday deals to shop on Amazon," 29 Nov. 2019 Cleaning the screen by scrubbing it with vinegar and an old toothbrush. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit passes Michigan's stricter tests for lead contaminated water," 19 Nov. 2019 These include children’s clothing (underwear, socks and T-shirts), baby supplies (diapers, baby wipes, baby formula/food) and personal care items (feminine hygiene products, toothbrush kits, toilet paper, soap, shampoo and sunscreen). Ben Crandell,, "Weekend preview: A new spot in MASS District for coffee, cocktails, a nap," 26 Sep. 2019 Tiffany Threadgould is a designer in residence at TerraCycle, a company that collects single-use items, including toothbrushes and juice pouches, and teams up with companies to convert the material into usable objects. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Is Tinsel Canceled?," 18 Dec. 2019 The discounts are so compelling that electric toothbrushes and whitening kits are currently dominating Amazon’s Movers & Shakers chart, which means hundreds of shoppers are adding them to their carts. Christina Butan,, "So Many People Are Buying These $35 Crest Whitening Strips Today, They’re Officially Amazon’s Best-Selling Beauty Product," 17 Dec. 2019 The drive isn’t limited to just food, donors were welcome to provide toiletries, such as toilet tissue, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other hygiene products. Akira Kyles,, "New Windsor mayor braves the elements to collect food, coats for those in need," 22 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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13 Jan 2020

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“Toothbrush.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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