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[tooth-pik] /ˈtuθˌpɪk/
a small pointed piece of wood, plastic, etc., for removing substances, especially food particles, from between the teeth.
Origin of toothpick
1480-90; tooth + pick2 Unabridged
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  • In toothache if you can find a cavity, clean it out with a small piece of cotton or a toothpick.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Not a tree was to be seen, nor even a shrub big enough to make a toothpick.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • Fasten the bacon where the edges meet by running a toothpick through at this point.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Put a spoonful of dressing into each piece, roll, and fasten with a toothpick.

  • Kano pensively lifted a plum upon the point of a toothpick and began nibbling at its wrinkled skin.

    The Dragon Painter Mary McNeil Fenollosa
  • Her knitting was before her, but she had laid it down to pick her teeth with a toothpick.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for toothpick


a small sharp sliver of wood, plastic, etc, used for extracting pieces of food from between the teeth
a slang word for bowie knife
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Word Origin and History for toothpick

late 15c., from tooth + pick (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for toothpick



  1. A spree, esp of drinking; bender, binge, kick •A tooter is a person on a drinking spree: It gave me an excuse to go off on a four-day toot/ He got a bonus and went on a shopping toot (1790+)
  2. Cocaine: Am I witnessing mere incompetence or too much toot?/ made it easier for the press to imagine him doing a little toot in the basement of Studio 54 (1960s+ Narcotics)
  3. A whiff of cocaine into the nose; snort: I don't suppose you have a toot till pay-day? (1977+ Narcotics)
  4. A flatulation; fart (1930s+)


  1. : He was himself tooting cocaine on a daily basis (1975+ Narcotics)
  2. To flatulate; lay a fart: ''What's that smell?'' ''Oh, Andrea tooted again'' (1930s+)

[the drinking sense is probably fr the image of someone tooting on a drinking horn, that is, holding a glass up as if it were a horn one were blowing; toot or tout, ''drink deeply, quaff,'' are attested fr the 1600s; narcotics sense probably related to honker, ''horn, nose,'' as something to be tooted]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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