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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.
1480-90; tooth + pick2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for toothpick
  • He never protected himself, not with a gun, not even with a toothpick.
  • He doesn't have toothpick legs, which is one complaint from the industry.
  • Alternatively, insert a toothpick or skewer between shell segments through back of shrimp, under and at right angles to vein.
  • Dip a toothpick into red food coloring and then use it to draw lines on the eggs as shown.
  • The logo is the only item in the sculpture that is not a toothpick.
  • toothpick puzzles challenge you to move line segments to form words or shapes.
  • Wu slowly threads his toothpick arms through the straps of his backpack.
  • Bake until dark brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about an hour.
  • He looked depressed and toothpick thin but clearly alive.
  • Bake the cake for about one hour, or until it is golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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



A knife, esp a switchblade: Any of her roomers handy with a toothpick? (1844+)

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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