\ ˈtü-thē How to pronounce toothy (audio) \
toothier; toothiest

Definition of toothy

1 : having or showing prominent teeth toothy grin

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Other Words from toothy

toothily \ ˈtü-​thə-​lē How to pronounce toothily (audio) \ adverb

Examples of toothy in a Sentence

a selection of gourmet cookies and other toothy delights
Recent Examples on the Web At the time of the meltdown, Tani, who is thirty-seven, tan, with shoulder-length black hair and a toothy grin, thought that anyone exposed to radiation would be at risk of getting cancer. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "Is Nuclear Power Worth the Risk?," 22 Dec. 2019 Both notably fashionable and immaturely mischievous, the lip-syncing young actor captures Brown’s unmistakable haircut and, ultimately, his toothy grin following a graphic re-enactment of a bicycling accident. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Music Videos of the 2010s: Staff Picks," 26 Nov. 2019 As is true of the dual-type ghost and poison Pokemon in the franchise, the jack-o’-lantern is painted to look like a black ball of gas with glowing eyes and a toothy grin. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "This Is What You Call Going to Great Lengths to Win Halloween," 21 Oct. 2019 Her companion, a fiddler, plays nearby, his face locked in caricature with an improbably toothy grin., "CAMBRIDGE — “Winslow Homer: Eyewitness” begins with a gamut of the young artist’s fast-and-furious Civil War drawings, which were the visual meat of Harper’s Weekly’s reportage from the era. But really, that’s just curator Ethan Lasser clearing his throat.," 4 Oct. 2019 To anyone who knows her well, Petsch is much more likely to flash a bright, toothy grin than sling Cheryl-style, savage AF one-liners. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Madelaine Petsch on Being “Riverdale” Royalty and Redefining Herself IRL," 3 Oct. 2019 Forty years later, Julie Piekarski Probst still remembers Philip McKeon‘s toothy grin and kind heart. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Facts of Life's Julie Piekarski Remembers Late Philip McKeon's 'Great Laugh' and 'Big Smile'," 17 Dec. 2019 In another, two fishermen sit in a boat, unaware the captain behind them is removing a human mask to reveal a fish-like face, a mischievous toothy smile and scaly chest. Susan Haas, USA TODAY, "Gahan Wilson, beautifully macabre cartoonist, dies at 89," 26 Nov. 2019 Rodney Hood strolled out of the shower with a toothy grin on his face, teasing reporters about their recent portrayal of his underperforming team. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers ‘excited’ for arrival of ‘Hall of Famer’ Carmelo Anthony: ‘He gives us another dynamic’," 17 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of toothy

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Jan 2020

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“Toothy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of toothy

: having or showing many teeth


\ ˈtü-thē How to pronounce toothy (audio) \
toothier; toothiest

Kids Definition of toothy

: having or showing many usually large teeth a toothy grin

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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