toothpick

noun tooth·pick \ ˈtüth-ˌpik \
|Updated on: 7 Jul 2018

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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First Known Use of toothpick

15th century

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TOOTHPICK Defined for English Language Learners

toothpick

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

toothpick

noun tooth·pick \ ˈtüth-ˌpik \

Definition of toothpick for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

toothpick

noun 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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