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[too-thee, -th ee] /ˈtu θi, -ði/
adjective, toothier, toothiest.
having or displaying conspicuous teeth:
a toothy smile.
savory; appetizing; toothsome.
possessing a rough surface:
toothy paper.
Archaic. sharp or caustic:
toothy commentary.
Origin of toothy
First recorded in 1520-30; tooth + -y1
Related forms
toothily, adverb
toothiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This toothy carlin is a favourite figure in Celtic tradition.

  • "Oh, I can't do that either, Mr. Malone," the toothy girl said.

    Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
  • His voice seemed to come from just behind his teeth, a toothy voice.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • Rawhide Jones, toothy, and Brayley came out of the bunk-house together.

    Under Handicap Jackson Gregory
  • A quick turn about the horn of his saddle, and toothy set up his own horse.

    Under Handicap Jackson Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for toothy


adjective toothier, toothiest
having or showing numerous, large, or projecting teeth: a toothy grin
Derived Forms
toothily, adverb
toothiness, noun
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