Definition of toothless
1 : having no teeth
2a : lacking in sharpness or bite spoke in toothless generalities — Arthur Hepnerb : lacking in means of enforcement or coercion : ineffectual
Recent Examples of toothless from the Web
There’s a classic brawl raging in the California Legislature between a bankrolling private interest and several toothless local governments over wireless expansion.
The velvety 1-month-old pressed his whiskery nose into her sleeve and nuzzled her arm with his toothless gums.
And won't such a feature be pretty toothless if the company continues their policy of not policing Donald Trump's Twitter account, which has been a bastion of hate, personal attacks, and misleading information?
Not coincidentally, at the same time, the enforcement of anti-monopoly policy grew increasingly toothless.
The upper house, the Federation Council, is a largely toothless body that essentially carries out Putin's policies with little opposition.
One also has to avoid falling into the multiple traps planted by political management that, through constant fiddling with the legal framework, aims at rendering all outsider politics toothless.
American comedy has long depended on overgrown baby boys — Lou Costello, Will Ferrell — whose naïveté, entertaining misbehavior or outright stupidity suggests that men are finally as toothless as infants.
They are brought into shelters in crates, boxes and flower pots at this time of the year: Tiny, mewing kittens with eyes barely open, with pink, toothless mouths – and usually with no mother to nurse them.
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First Known Use of toothless
TOOTHLESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of toothless for English Language Learners
: having or showing no teeth
: not effective or powerful
Medical Definition of toothless
: having no teeth
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