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[tooth-peyst] /ˈtuθˌpeɪst/
a dentifrice in the form of paste.
Origin of toothpaste
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35; tooth + paste Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There was a trace of toothpaste at the left corner of his mouth.

    Jerry's Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  • They are packed for departure with toothbrushes and toothpaste, packages of gum, tobacco and books.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • He missed the bobbypins on the floor, the nylons drying across the shower rack, the toothpaste tubes squeezed from the top.

    At the Post Horace Leonard Gold
  • The newspapers interviewed her, society women copied her, toothpaste and perfume manufacturers solicited her testimonials.

    The Easiest Way

    Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
  • "I'll be dog-goned," swore Old Chauncey with toothpaste foam dribbling down his chin.

    Here Lies H.W. Guernsey
British Dictionary definitions for toothpaste


a paste used for cleaning the teeth, applied with a toothbrush
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for toothpaste

1832, from tooth + paste (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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