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[tooth-bruhsh] /ˈtuθˌbrʌʃ/
a small brush with a long handle, for cleaning the teeth.
Origin of toothbrush
First recorded in 1645-55; tooth + brush1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Get Pierce to come for me in morning and bring my toothbrush.

  • From then on each student was required to have and to use a toothbrush.

    Booker T. Washington

    Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
  • Then he came rushing up with a toothbrush and a safety-razor case.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • Greatest luxury imaginable, a toothbrush, on this sort of expedition.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
  • All right then—tell her to pack a toothbrush and a few spare diapers.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
British Dictionary definitions for toothbrush


a small brush, usually with a long handle, for cleaning the teeth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for toothbrush

1650s, from tooth + brush (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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