Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small piece of wood or other material for removing food particles from between the teeth.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An implement, as a sharpened quill or a small pointed piece of wood, for cleaning the teeth of substances lodged between them.
  • noun A bowie-knife.
  • noun An umbelliferous plant, Ammi Visnaga, of the Mediterranean region: so named from the use made of the rays of the main umbel, which harden after flowering. Also called toothpick bishop's-weed, and Spanish toothpick.
  • Shaped like a toothpick: specifically noting hoots and shoes having narrow, pointed toes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A pointed instrument for clearing the teeth of substances lodged between them.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small, usually wooden stick, often pointed at both ends, for removing food residue from the area between the teeth.

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

  • noun pick consisting of a small strip of wood or plastic; used to pick food from between the teeth

Etymologies

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Examples

  • As a guy who has trouble whittling a toothpick from a willow stick, I was wowed by the process.

    High Tech Bow Building

  • Bake just until the tops feel firm and are lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 22 minutes (If you put chocolate on yours, insert the toothpick from the side diagonally toward the center).

    Mr. Goodbar Cupcakes

  • Bake just until the tops feel firm and are lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 22 minutes (If you put chocolate on yours, insert the toothpick from the side diagonally toward the center).

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans!

    more strange but true facts

  • We often focus on outer details like the beard, the veil or niqāb, the miswāk (a kind of long toothpick from a root that Islam’s prophet used), the long white tunic, etc.

    Interreligious Dialogue

  • We often focus on outer details like the beard, the veil or niqāb, the miswāk (a kind of long toothpick from a root that Islam’s prophet used), the long white tunic, etc.

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:

  • We often focus on outer details like the beard, the veil or niqāb, the miswāk (a kind of long toothpick from a root that Islam’s prophet used), the long white tunic, etc.

    Tradition, Europe, and the Muslim world

  • We often focus on outer details like the beard, the veil or niqāb, the miswāk (a kind of long toothpick from a root that Islam’s prophet used), the long white tunic, etc.

    Islam

  • Barka’id the toothpick is described as a beautiful girl.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • They were complying with the new ethics law, and there ` s an exemption that ` s, you know, known as the toothpick exemption where you can only serve finger food.

    CNN Transcript Aug 27, 2008

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