Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking teeth.
  • adj. Lacking force; ineffectual.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having no teeth.
  • adj. Weak, having no capability of enforcing something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no teeth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no teeth, in any sense; deprived of teeth, as by age; edentulous; edentate; anodont.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking teeth
  • adj. lacking necessary force for effectiveness

Etymologies

tooth +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • SNOW: Now, in addition to establishing a peace treaty, a former UNIFIL official says unless there is a clear mandate, there will be what he describes as a toothless U.N. peacekeeping force that will turn out only to be a disaster -- Wolf.

    CNN Transcript Jul 21, 2006

  • He agreed the days of the Australian Press Council, which he called a "toothless tiger", could be numbered

    The Australian | News |

  • The hearing also highlighted partisan differences, as agents raised concerns about existing gun laws one called "toothless."

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  • I enjoyed it FAR FAR more than AVATAR. alnst agree on the flying scene. it's impressive. and toothless is cute.

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  • Seat the delegates by all means but they must remain toothless – they broke the rules.

    Dean slams media coverage as he opens meeting

  • Wolpert wouldn't have been at all surprised by this, as he makes clear: the gruel of the toothless is an oddly moveable feast, and the older people get, the older they believe "old" to be.

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  • That would come as some surprise to all of those people who have been criticizing the CPRA as completely toothless, which is just about everybody.

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  • For there are some creatures which from birth are without sight, or without teeth, but these are not called toothless or blind.

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  • The reports are the first findings of wrongdoing by commissioner Karen Shepherd, who some have called a toothless watchdog because of her quiet performance during nearly two years in the position.

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  • Former ACCs have been packed with ZANU-PF functionaries and described as toothless bulldogs after failing to prosecute senior government and public sector officials.

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