From Middle English teth, plural of tothe, from Old English tēþ, nominative plural of tōþ, from earlier *tœ̄þ, from Proto-Germanic *tanþiz, nominative plural of *tanþs, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃dóntes, nominative plural of *h₃dónts.
- plural of
teeth pl (plural only)
- (informal) The ability to be enforced, or to be enforced to any useful effect.
- The international community's sanctions against the regime had some teeth to them this time around.
- (plural of "tooth"): chompers, pearly whites, Hampstead Heath
- (ability to be enforced): enforceability
- Dated spelling of .
- 1943, Herman Niels Bundesen, Our Babies, page 81:
- Thus, a mother should not think that there is something wrong just because her baby teeths, crawls, walks, or talks earlier or later than her neighbor's baby.