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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One television special tested his touch skills by setting up lock cylinders to rub against a toothpick, a Post-it note and a feather. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "Master Manipulator," 19 Apr. 2018 Wrap each date in a strip of bacon and secure with a wooden toothpick (cocktail stick). Multiple Authors, House Beautiful, "Sweet and Savory Bacon-Wrapped Dates," 5 Aug. 2010 Take a toothpick or bobby pin and scrape around gently inside their charging ports and headphone jacks. David Pierce, WSJ, "33 Mostly Free Ways to Fix Your Family’s Tech Problems," 23 Dec. 2018 Thread olives and pearl onions on a toothpick with little morsels of prosciutto di Parma for the perfect bite. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 Using royal icing, pipe straight lines or circles; then, using a toothpick, gently drag to create patterns. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Cookie Skulls and Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Cutouts," 2 Oct. 2018 Using toothpicks or wooden sticks from cotton swabs, make masts, booms and the spar extending from the vessel’s front prow, which is called the bowsprit. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Build a Ship in a Bottle," 12 Jan. 2018 Make a pyramid of strawberries in the center of a flat container, using toothpicks to keep the berries in place. Surround it with stems of ivy. Maggie O'neill, Good Housekeeping, "25 Practical Tips for Flower Arrangements From 1952," 7 May 2015 Bake the cornbread until the top is browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 60 to 65 minutes. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "This Southwest Cornbread Stuffing Recipe Is About to Be Your New Go-to Thanksgiving Side Dish," 20 Nov. 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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