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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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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.).

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  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]

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