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noun, plural eye·teeth [ahy-teeth] /ˈaɪˌtiθ/.
  1. Dentistry. a canine tooth of the upper jaw: so named from its position under the eye.
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  1. cut one's eyeteeth,
    1. to gain sophistication or experience; become worldly-wise.
    2. Also cut one's eyeteeth on.to be initiated or gain one's first experience in (a career, hobby, skill, etc.).
  2. give one's eyeteeth, to give something one considers very precious, usually in exchange for an object or situation one desires: She would give her eyeteeth for that job.
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Origin of eyetooth

First recorded in 1570–80; eye + tooth
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Related Words for eyeteeth

ivory, snag, tush, tusk, molar, premolar, fang, cuspid, bicuspid, incisor, eyetooth, point, canine, tine, dent, grinder, serration, denticle, carnassial, dentation

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Historical Examples of eyeteeth

  • We all had to get our eyeteeth cut when we came to the country.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart

  • If I do say it myself, weve had our eyeteeth cut for some time.

  • "Yeah, and I'd give my eyeteeth to see that radar deck," said Roger.

    Sabotage in Space

    Carey Rockwell

  • Whipple and Pete are loose in the timber, and I'll bet they'd give their eyeteeth to be able to capture the Hawk.

    Motor Matt's Hard Luck

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • Robert says it is as well to have the eyeteeth and the Puseyistical crisis over together.

British Dictionary definitions for eyeteeth


noun plural -teeth
  1. either of the two canine teeth in the upper jaw
  2. give one's eyeteeth for to go to any lengths to achieve or obtain (something)I'd give my eyeteeth for a radio as good as that
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Word Origin and History for eyeteeth



also eye tooth, 1570s, so called for its position immediately under or next to the eye.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

eyeteeth in Medicine


  1. A canine tooth of the upper jaw.
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Idioms and Phrases with eyeteeth


see give one's eyeteeth.

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