toothly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From tooth +‎ -ly. Compare toothlike, teethlike, toothily.

Adjective[edit]

toothly (comparative toothlier or more toothly, superlative toothliest or most toothly)

  1. Of or pertaining to teeth; dental.
    • 1907, The Bay State monthly:
      For, firstly, the membership of these societies is limited; arid "toothly," as the colored preacher said, one blackball will keep out any one.
    • 1998, Sheila De La Rosa, The Encyclopedia of Weird:
      Peter stored his toothly treasures in a beautiful wooden case. Each tooth was secured to its own little compartment with a gray silk ribbon looped around it.
  2. Toothy.
    • 1997, Kalpana Swaminathan, Cryptic death and other stories:
      'I see you're admiring our decor,' the man said with a toothly smile, and Paresh noticed that his canines bit wolfishly into his thick mulberry lip.
    • 2010, Robert Crudup, Malachi Moon: Journey of a Bluesman:
      She returned a toothly grin that displayed her deep, pretty dimples.

Adverb[edit]

toothly (comparative toothlier or more toothly, superlative toothliest or most toothly)

  1. In a manner regarding teeth; dentally.
    • 1934, Popular science talks: Volume 12:
      Toothly speaking then — it pays to stay savage. There is evidence too, that civilizations long before ours felt the stress of dental cares.

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