1

tusk

play
noun \ˈtəsk\

Definition of tusk

  1. 1 :  an elongated greatly enlarged tooth (as of an elephant or walrus) that projects when the mouth is closed and serves especially for digging food or as a weapon; broadly :  a long protruding tooth

  2. 2 :  one of the small projections on a tusk tenon

tusked

play \ˈtəskt\ adjective

tusklike

play \ˈtəsk-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of tusk

Middle English, alteration of tux, from Old English tūx; akin to Old English tūsc tush


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

tusk

transitive verb

Definition of tusk

  1. :  to dig up with a tusk; also :  to gash with a tusk

1629

First Known Use of tusk

1629


TUSK Defined for English Language Learners

1

tusk

play
noun \ˈtəsk\

Definition of tusk for English Language Learners

  • : a very long, large tooth that sticks out of the mouth of an animal (such as an elephant, walrus, or boar)


TUSK Defined for Kids

tusk

play
noun \ˈtəsk\

Definition of tusk for Students

  1. :  a very long large tooth (as of an elephant or walrus) that sticks out when the mouth is closed and is used especially in digging and fighting


Medical Dictionary

tusk

play
noun \ˈtəsk\

Medical Definition of tusk

  1. :  an elongated greatly enlarged tooth that projects when the mouth is closed and serves for digging food or as a weapon; broadly :  a long protruding tooth


Learn More about tusk


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up tusk? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to trick or confuse (someone)

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • alphabet-magnets
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ