a small brush with a long handle, for cleaning the teeth.

Origin of toothbrush

First recorded in 1645–55; tooth + brush1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for toothbrush

broom, whisk, mop, sweeper, besom, polisher, hairbrush, waxer

Examples from the Web for toothbrush

Contemporary Examples of toothbrush

Historical Examples of toothbrush

  • Get Pierce to come for me in morning and bring my toothbrush.

  • From then on each student was required to have and to use a toothbrush.

    Booker T. Washington

    Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe

  • Then he came rushing up with a toothbrush and a safety-razor case.

    High Adventure

    James Norman Hall

  • Greatest luxury imaginable, a toothbrush, on this sort of expedition.

    The Lost Continent

    C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne

  • All right then—tell her to pack a toothbrush and a few spare diapers.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

British Dictionary definitions for toothbrush



a small brush, usually with a long handle, for cleaning the teeth
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Word Origin and History for toothbrush

1650s, from tooth + brush (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper