a dentifrice in the form of paste.

Origin of toothpaste

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; tooth + paste Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for toothpaste

Contemporary Examples of toothpaste

Historical Examples of toothpaste

  • There was a trace of toothpaste at the left corner of his mouth.

    Jerry's Charge Account

    Hazel Hutchins Wilson

  • They are packed for departure with toothbrushes and toothpaste, packages of gum, tobacco and books.

    News Writing

    M. Lyle Spencer

  • He missed the bobbypins on the floor, the nylons drying across the shower rack, the toothpaste tubes squeezed from the top.

    At the Post

    Horace Leonard Gold

  • The newspapers interviewed her, society women copied her, toothpaste and perfume manufacturers solicited her testimonials.

    The Easiest Way

    Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow

  • "I'll be dog-goned," swore Old Chauncey with toothpaste foam dribbling down his chin.

    Here Lies

    H.W. Guernsey

British Dictionary definitions for toothpaste



a paste used for cleaning the teeth, applied with a toothbrush
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Word Origin and History for toothpaste

1832, from tooth + paste (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper