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 for 25 to 28 minutes, or until a toothpick or wooden tester put into the middle of the cake comes out almost clean. CNN, 20 Dec. 2021 Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the muffins are nicely browned on top, the cheese is melted and crisped and a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 Wrap each date with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Joanne Rosa, ABC News, 24 Nov. 2021 Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the top is deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Nov. 2021 Bake until golden brown and a toothpick in the center comes out clean, 8 to 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 28 Sep. 2021 And with every burger, a coxinha secured with a toothpick sits on top of the bun. Arlene Borenstein-zuluaga, sun-sentinel.com, 16 Sep. 2021 Soon, we were seated in an alcove, sipping $14 gin-tonics from bulbous glasses and snacking on gildas, the classic Basque banderilla made with large olives adorned with a sweet pepper cap and an anchovy fillet handle, all speared with a toothpick. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2021 If the adhesive pools up in the gaps around the tile, clean them out with a toothpick or other slender tool, so there’s room for grout. Washington Post, 23 May 2021

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First Known Use of toothpick

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jan 2022

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“Toothpick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toothpick. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for toothpick

toothpick

noun

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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