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[tooth-pik] /ˈtuθˌpɪk/
a small pointed piece of wood, plastic, etc., for removing substances, especially food particles, from between the teeth.
Origin of toothpick
First recorded in 1480-90; tooth + pick2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In toothache if you can find a cavity, clean it out with a small piece of cotton or a toothpick.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Not a tree was to be seen, nor even a shrub big enough to make a toothpick.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • Fasten the bacon where the edges meet by running a toothpick through at this point.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Put a spoonful of dressing into each piece, roll, and fasten with a toothpick.

  • Kano pensively lifted a plum upon the point of a toothpick and began nibbling at its wrinkled skin.

    The Dragon Painter Mary McNeil Fenollosa
  • Her knitting was before her, but she had laid it down to pick her teeth with a toothpick.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for toothpick


a small sharp sliver of wood, plastic, etc, used for extracting pieces of food from between the teeth
a slang word for bowie knife
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for toothpick

late 15c., from tooth + pick (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for toothpick



A knife, esp a switchblade: Any of her roomers handy with a toothpick? (1844+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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