toothless

adjective tooth·less \ ˈtüth-ləs \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of toothless

1 : having no teeth
2 a : lacking in sharpness or bite
  • spoke in toothless generalities
  • —Arthur Hepner
b : lacking in means of enforcement or coercion : ineffectual

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First Known Use of toothless

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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TOOTHLESS Defined for English Language Learners

toothless

Definition of toothless for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing no teeth

  • : not effective or powerful


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toothless

adjective tooth·less \ ˈtüth-ləs \

medical Definition of toothless

: having no teeth

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