[ buhk-tooth ]
/ ˈbʌkˈtuθ /

noun, plural buck·teeth [buhk-teeth] /ˈbʌkˈtiθ/.

a projecting tooth, especially an upper front tooth.

Origin of bucktooth

First recorded in 1745–55; buck1 + tooth
Related formsbuck·toothed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for buckteeth


/ (ˈbʌkˌtuːθ) /

noun plural -teeth

derogatory a projecting upper front tooth
Derived Formsbuck-toothed, adjective

Word Origin for bucktooth

C18: from buck 1 (deer) + tooth
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Word Origin and History for buckteeth



1540s, from buck (n.1), perhaps on the notion of "kicking up," + tooth. In French, buck teeth are called dents à l'anglaise, literally "English teeth." Related: Buck-toothed.

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Medicine definitions for buckteeth


[ bŭktōōth ]


A prominent, projecting upper front tooth.
Related formsbucktoothed (-tōōtht) adj.
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