\ 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 toothy (audio) \ adverb

Examples of toothy in a Sentence

a selection of gourmet cookies and other toothy delights
Recent Examples on the Web Diminutive and clean-shaven, with boyish features and a toothy smile, Fuentes resembled, in his suit and red tie, a recent graduate dressed for a job interview. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "Among the Insurrectionists," 15 Jan. 2021 An earthy mix of creamy Sea Island red peas and toothy cowpeas, dabbled with a lively sofrito. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 15 Jan. 2021 Made from intensely savory soup, compact and toothy noodles, and delectable toppings, ramen is a staple food that chefs spend years getting right. Larissa Zimberoff, Wired, "How Restaurants Retooled for Takeout—and Survival," 17 Dec. 2020 The toothy horror that lay dead on the bar across from us might well have eaten one of their grandmothers. Warren Page, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Cautious Crocodile," 13 Nov. 2020 With her toothy smile and genial radiance, utterly void of pretense, Eleanor epitomized grace under pressure, folksy common sense, loyalty to friends and a bedrock belief in American democratic virtues. Washington Post, "A modest rebel: The paradoxical personality of Eleanor Roosevelt," 6 Nov. 2020 Except in this version, phalluses rendered in bright, comic book colors have met their match: toothy vaginas that appear to devour them. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Feeling Election 2020 anxiety? Tap into painter Judith Bernstein’s lady rage," 2 Nov. 2020 Zoomed in at 40x, this toothy body part plays a crucial role in one slimy animal’s daily life. Popular Science, "Can you guess the tiny objects in these zoomed-in photos?," 26 Oct. 2020 Make like the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland with vibrant purple face paint and a huge, toothy grin. Michella Oré, Glamour, "These Easy Cat Halloween Makeup Ideas Are Next-Level," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of toothy

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jan 2021

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“Toothy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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