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[buhk-tooth] /ˈbʌkˈtuθ/
noun, plural buckteeth
[buhk-teeth] /ˈbʌkˈtiθ/ (Show IPA)
a projecting tooth, especially an upper front tooth.
Origin of bucktooth
1745-55; buck1 + tooth
Related forms
bucktoothed, adjective Unabridged
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  • She would say nothing against Mrs. O'Connor yet, but the fact remained that she had a wen on her cheek and buck teeth.

    Mary, Mary James Stephens
  • Better not look, though; too bad if she had buck teeth or squint eyes.

    When the Sleepers Woke Arthur Leo Zagat
  • My thrashing right arm pretty near knocked her buck teeth out, and she retreated from my nervous system.

    The Right Time Walter Bupp
  • He got his nickname Buck because he had buck teeth, not because he was heap man.

    The Draw Jerome Bixby
  • Nagwangsà lang ang nawung mu, Do you think you are handsome, you and your buck teeth?

  • buck teeth; superfluous teeth which stand out from the ordinary row.

  • A savage leer twisted his thick lips back over his buck teeth.

    Dave Dawson at Truk Robert Sydney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for buck teeth


noun (pl) -teeth
(derogatory) a projecting upper front tooth
Derived Forms
buck-toothed, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from buck1 (deer) + tooth
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Word Origin and History for buck teeth



1540s, from buck (n.1), perhaps on the notion of "kicking up," + tooth. In French, buck teeth are called dents à l'anglaise, literally "English teeth." Related: Buck-toothed.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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buck teeth in Medicine

bucktooth buck·tooth (bŭk'tōōth')
A prominent, projecting upper front tooth.

buck'toothed' (-tōōtht') adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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