a small brush with stiff bristles, used to clean the fingernails.

Origin of nailbrush

First recorded in 1795–1805; nail + brush1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nailbrush

Historical Examples of nailbrush

  • His aphorism was, "Gentlemen, the secret of surgery is the nailbrush."

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

  • His wiry, bony hands ignore a nailbrush and the luxury of lemon.

    A Daughter of Eve

    Honore de Balzac

  • My bath-sponge, soap, and nailbrush vigorously applied for a few seconds showed me that there was no picture to clean!

    Grim Tales

    Edith Nesbit

  • To keep them clean, the nailbrush and soap and water should be used once or oftener daily, as circumstances demand.

British Dictionary definitions for nailbrush



a small stiff-bristled brush for cleaning the fingernails
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012