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toothless

[tooth-lis] /ˈtuθ lɪs/
adjective
1.
lacking teeth.
2.
without a serrated edge, as a saw.
3.
lacking in force or sharpness; dull; ineffectual:
a toothless argument.
Origin of toothless
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see tooth, -less
Related forms
toothlessly, adverb
toothlessness, noun
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adj.

late 14c., in literal sense, from tooth + -less. Figurative sense of "dull" is recorded from 1590s; that of "lacking enforcement powers" is first recorded 1961. Related: Toothlessly; toothlessness.

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