[ snag-uh l-tooth ]
/ ˈsnæg əlˌtuθ /

noun, plural snag·gle·teeth.

a tooth growing out beyond or apart from others.

Origin of snaggletooth

1815–25; apparently snag + -le + tooth
Related formssnag·gle-toothed [snag-uh l-tootht, -tooth d] /ˈsnæg əlˌtuθt, -ˌtuðd/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snaggle-toothed

  • At his heels followed his bedraggled, snaggle-toothed wife, a babe in her arms and another tugging at her skirts.

    Blue Ridge Country|Jean Thomas
  • You don't think I want to get old, bent over, and snaggle-toothed, do you?

    The Cottage of Delight|Will N. Harben

British Dictionary definitions for snaggle-toothed


/ (ˈsnæɡəlˌtuːθ) /

noun plural -teeth

a tooth that is broken or projecting
Derived Formssnaggletoothed, adjective
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Word Origin and History for snaggle-toothed



"having crooked, projecting teeth," 1580s) from the root of snag (n.). Alternative snaggle-tooth (adj.) is from 1650s; snaggle-tooth (n.) is from 1820.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper