\ˈtü-thē \
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 \ adverb

Examples of toothy in a Sentence

a selection of gourmet cookies and other toothy delights

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The new ghoul built for Fallen Kingdom is a lean and toothy dragon of a thing, sans fire but engineered with hyper intelligence and pure killer instinct. Richard Lawson, HWD, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," 5 June 2018 Crocodiles on the other hand flash a toothy grin with their top and bottom teeth interlacing. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "A Newly Discovered Difference Between Alligators and Crocodiles," 12 Mar. 2018 Females bear striking blue orbs that dangle above their heads like neon fishing rods, bright enough to lure prey up to twice their size into their toothy maws. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Why Bioluminescence Evolved to Be Red Light, and Blue," 26 June 2018 Other creatures discovered in the deep next door include the very toothy deep-sea lizardfish, bathysaurus. Kelli Bender, ajc, "'Horror' lizardfish and weird unidentifiable creatures found chilling off Carolina coast," 13 July 2018 The dandan noodles had a perfect balance of spice and crumbled pork that clung to toothy noodles in a sauce infused with fresh-roasted peanut richness. Craig Laban,, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 6 July 2018 Here's the science behind it: Researchers took a group of some 40 people and asked them to look at pictures of strangers: each person was shown with both a close-mouthed smile and a big, toothy smile. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "There's a New Reason to Smile in Your Passport Photo," 28 June 2018 As Bonfield approached the dugout at TD Ameritrade Park, Wilson plopped a cap shaped like a hog’s head, with a toothy snout for a bill, on Bonfield’s head. Pat Borzi, New York Times, "A College World Series Filled With Hog Hats, Hammers and Championship Belts," 23 June 2018 All told, the density of toothy, hairy, wild predators in the Badger State is among the highest in the nation. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Top 5 Wisconsin wildlife risks to humans? Maybe not what you think.," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of toothy

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of toothy was in 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of toothy

: having or showing many teeth


\ˈtü-thē \
toothier; toothiest

Kids Definition of toothy

: having or showing many usually large teeth a toothy grin

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