toothless

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English[edit]

A toothless girl

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English totheles, toþeles, from Old English tōþlēas, from Proto-Germanic *tanþlausaz (toothless), equivalent to tooth +‎ -less. Cognate with Dutch tandeloos (toothless), German Low German tannlos (toothless), German zahnlos (toothless), Danish tandløs (toothless), Swedish tandlös (toothless), Icelandic tannlaus (toothless).

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toothless (comparative more toothless, superlative most toothless)

  1. Having no teeth.
    a toothless old man
  2. (figuratively) Weak, having no capability of enforcing something.
    The treaty was toothless in combatting climate change.

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