[ neyl-bruhsh ]

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

Origin of nailbrush

First recorded in 1795–1805; nail + brush1

Words Nearby nailbrush Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use nailbrush in a sentence

  • A one-eyed gal with dusty gray and red fur the texture of a nailbrush, her ears half-disintegrated into tiny nubs, she prowls her turf with regal furor.

  • The nails should have a vigorous rubbing with a good nailbrush in the morning before your meals and before you go to bed at night.

    The Complete Bachelor | Walter Germain
  • He picked up a large new nailbrush, showed it to Dennis de Brian de Boru, who had been called in consultation, and shook his head.

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

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

    A Labrador Doctor | Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

British Dictionary definitions for nailbrush


/ (ˈneɪlˌbrʌʃ) /

  1. a small stiff-bristled brush for cleaning the fingernails

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