\ 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

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Jessica Simpson‘s middle child and only son, who turns 6 this month, was all toothy grin in a new photograph the singer shared to Instagram on Monday, cradling his baby sister in his arms. Jen Juneau,, "Proud Mom Jessica Simpson Shares Sweet New Photo of Son Ace Holding His Baby Sister Birdie," 4 June 2019 That is, until a new monster arrives, gross and toothy, and everyone remembers that Hawkins is both classic small-town America and a raging portal to hell. Vogue, "Stranger Things 3 Is a Teenage Wasteland," 20 Mar. 2019 Her eyes widen, her mouth stretching into a toothy grin. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jodie Comer on Her Favorite Killing Eve Episode and Meeting Villanelle's Match," 15 Apr. 2019 Little baby Louis gives the camera a sweet, non-toothy smile while wearing the Carlina Boy Ceremony Set from Spanish children's clothing brand La Coqueta. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "These Photos of Prince Charles as a Dad and as a Granddad Are Utterly Adorable," 19 Nov. 2018 Zombies are a toothy refutation of happy endings, though not always of funny ones. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Why zombies are so hilarious," 5 Dec. 2018 Some Jack O'Lanterns have a classic, toothy grin; others are much more elaborate, featuring Disney-animator-caliber reproductions of the characters from Frozen and other movies. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You've Never Seen A Jack O'Lantern Display Like This Before," 12 Oct. 2018 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

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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 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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