tooth·​pick | \ˈtüth-ˌpik \

Definition of toothpick 

: a pointed instrument (such as a slender tapering piece of wood) for removing food particles lodged between the teeth

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The men here chew toothpicks like uncles on both sides of my family. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Jenny Xie Writes a Sightseer’s Guide to the Self," 30 Apr. 2018 Pierce The Seed Holding the avocado seed upright, wedge three toothpicks around the circumference of the seed at a slightly downward angle. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow A Tree From An Avocado Pit," 5 Feb. 2016 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is about as stable as a Fabergé egg balancing on a toothpick that’s attached to the back of a cat that suffers from ADHD and hasn’t taken its medication but has just seen a mouse dart across the room. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "The Meeting Between Kim Jong Un and Trump Is About As Likely as a Full-Member New Edition Reunion Tour," 16 May 2018 Arranging a few morsels of provolone with pearl onions on toothpicks to ensure that everyone gets a perfect bite. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "How to Drink and Snack Like an Italian on Vacation," 25 Apr. 2018 What kid wouldn’t love making homemade slime, a marshmallow-toothpick tower or edible play dough? Zafreen Jaffery, Ed.d., miamiherald, "Bake cookies. Head to the library. Ways to keep your child's brain sharp during the summer," 27 June 2018 Thank goodness some company somewhere still makes those toothpicks. Devra First,, "Why the club sandwich may just be the perfect American food," 11 June 2018 One of the bird's feet was found sticking out of the frog's mouth like a toothpick, photos show. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Radio tagged birds tracked to last place you'd imagine - another animal's stomach," 2 July 2018 Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean, about 50 to 55 minutes. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Celebrate Fourth of July with these Louisville chef throwback recipes," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of toothpick

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of toothpick

: a short, pointed stick used for removing small pieces of food from between your teeth


tooth·​pick | \ˈtüth-ˌpik \

Kids Definition of toothpick

: a pointed instrument for removing bits of food caught between the teeth


tooth·​pick | \-ˌpik \

Medical Definition of toothpick 

: a pointed instrument (as a slender tapering piece of wood) used for removing food particles lodged between the teeth

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