[too-thee, -th ee]

adjective, tooth·i·er, tooth·i·est.

having or displaying conspicuous teeth: a toothy smile.
savory; appetizing; toothsome.
possessing a rough surface: toothy paper.
Archaic. sharp or caustic: toothy commentary.

Origin of toothy

First recorded in 1520–30; tooth + -y1
Related formstooth·i·ly, adverbtooth·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for toothy

Contemporary Examples of toothy

Historical Examples of toothy

  • This toothy carlin is a favourite figure in Celtic tradition.

  • "Oh, I can't do that either, Mr. Malone," the toothy girl said.

    Occasion for Disaster

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • His voice seemed to come from just behind his teeth, a toothy voice.

    Crome Yellow

    Aldous Huxley

  • Rawhide Jones, Toothy, and Brayley came out of the bunk-house together.

    Under Handicap

    Jackson Gregory

  • A quick turn about the horn of his saddle, and Toothy set up his own horse.

    Under Handicap

    Jackson Gregory

British Dictionary definitions for toothy


adjective toothier or toothiest

having or showing numerous, large, or projecting teetha toothy grin
Derived Formstoothily, adverbtoothiness, noun
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