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[snag-uh l-tooth] /ˈsnæg əlˌtuθ/
noun, plural snaggleteeth.
a tooth growing out beyond or apart from others.
Origin of snaggletooth
1815-25; apparently snag + -le + tooth
Related forms
[snag-uh l-tootht, -tooth d] /ˈsnæg əlˌtuθt, -ˌtuðd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • 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


noun (pl) -teeth
a tooth that is broken or projecting
Derived Forms
snaggletoothed, 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.

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