toothier; toothiest
: having or showing prominent teeth
toothy grin
toothily adverb

Examples of toothy in a Sentence

a selection of gourmet cookies and other toothy delights
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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Toothy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


toothier; toothiest
: having or showing many usually large teeth
a toothy grin
toothily adverb
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