toothpick

noun
tooth·​pick | \ ˈtüth-ˌpik How to pronounce toothpick (audio) \

Definition of toothpick

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

Examples of toothpick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bake, rotating once, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Tara Bench, Country Living, "Towering Haunted House Cake," 6 Sep. 2019 For horns, slice the ends off nubby gourds and attach with toothpicks. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Spacey Monsters Pumpkins," 9 Sep. 2019 Stand a mint spring in the ice, then stab a cherry with a cocktail toothpick and lay it over the rim. Los Angeles Times, "The best cocktail for horchata lovers in L.A.," 14 Aug. 2019 Small bites that make use of toothpicks and discourage silverware means that friends get comfortable quickly, passing, sharing, and roaming room-to-room. Sara Mae Albert, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Plan a Casual Chic Dinner Party," 2 Aug. 2019 Roll into glass, back into shaker, back into glass. Garnish with 2 asparagus spears and an olive on a toothpick. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "In Praise of the Morning Cocktail," 25 June 2019 Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 20 to 22 minutes. Tara Bench, Country Living, "Marshmallow Ghost Brownies," 6 Sep. 2019 Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it, 40 to 45 minutes. Los Angeles Times, "You can be gluten-free and still have the fudgiest chocolate cake," 3 Sep. 2019 Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Bibby Gignilliat, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of toothpick

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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toothpick

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How to pronounce toothpick (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of toothpick

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

toothpick

noun
tooth·​pick | \ ˈtüth-ˌpik How to pronounce toothpick (audio) \

Kids Definition of toothpick

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

toothpick

noun
tooth·​pick | \ -ˌpik How to pronounce toothpick (audio) \

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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