Definition of toothpick
: a pointed instrument (such as a slender tapering piece of wood) for removing food particles lodged between the teeth
Recent Examples of toothpick from the Web
Bake muffins until a toothpick inserted in centers come out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.
Because of their petite size, cornichons are a nice garnish to serve on top of any sandwich, burger or slider; use a toothpick to secure it.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a popper comes out clean, 10 to 12 minutes.
In a test firing of 36 barrels, lashed together and firing full bore, the gun reduced a series of 15 wooden doors to toothpicks in just two-tenths of a second.
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First Known Use of toothpick
TOOTHPICK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of toothpick for English Language Learners
: a short, pointed stick used for removing small pieces of food from between your teeth
TOOTHPICK Defined for Kids
Definition of toothpick for Students
: a pointed instrument for removing bits of food caught between the teeth
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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