\ ˈtü-thē How to pronounce toothy (audio) \
toothier; toothiest

Definition of toothy

1 : having or showing prominent teeth toothy grin

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 Guides like Great Bear Nature Tours take visitors to blinds to watch the toothy apex predators hunt for salmon, and perhaps to spot the Kermode, the elusive white spirit bear that haunts the forest. Outside Online, 25 May 2015 When Rosé points out the lipstick on Lisa’s teeth, the latter grins back with an extra-toothy smile. Haeryun Kang, Rolling Stone, 23 May 2022 Depression found Williams back in her preteen days, where she was bullied at school for being too tall, too thin, too toothy. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Chris Evans is as good as he's ever been as rebel leader Curtis, but Tilda Swinton steals the show as a toothy, grotesque spokesman for the upper crust. Randall Colburn,, 16 May 2022 As prey approach, the fish readies its wide and toothy jaws for a quick bite. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2022 Spiral Jetty • Brian Footen waded out from the soupy red water of the Great Salt Lake’s north arm, his boat and bibs crusted in brine, his cockpit filled with foam, a wide toothy grin on his face. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 Some sites offer more than 100 gas pumps, and inside the stores, shoppers can find surprises such as a barbecue counter, a jerky bar and an endless variety of merch emblazoned with the chain’s toothy beaver mascot. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 Relatives reported that Sam was gregarious and audacious, and here is evidence: a photo of Sam and his companions stripped down and bathing in a hot spring, their faces plastered with toothy grins. Stacey Ravel Abarbanel, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of toothy

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Toothy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for toothy


\ 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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