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[tooth-bruhsh] /ˈtuθˌbrʌʃ/
a small brush with a long handle, for cleaning the teeth.
Origin of toothbrush
1645-55; tooth + brush1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for toothbrush
  • One of the few exceptions is the rechargeable toothbrush.
  • It was an electric toothbrush that turned on when it pressed against the table but was packed too tight to vibrate.
  • The tried-and-true manual toothbrush has remained largely unchanged for generations.
  • Find a clean, damp toothbrush, and take out the batteries.
  • Get a new toothbrush after you are no longer contagious, but before finishing the antibiotics.
  • Otherwise the bacteria can live in the toothbrush and re-infect you when the antibiotics are done.
  • Modern, bulked-up toothbrushes make old-fashioned built-in ceramic cup and toothbrush holders obsolete.
  • What toothbrush you should use, and where your problem areas are located.
  • Use a soft toothbrush and electric razor for personal hygiene.
  • The toothbrush is the mechanical part and the toothpaste is the chemical part.
British Dictionary definitions for toothbrush


a small brush, usually with a long handle, for cleaning the teeth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for toothbrush

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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