Meaning of TOOTH in English

TOOTH

/ tuːθ; NAmE / noun ( pl. teeth / tiːθ; NAmE /)

1.

any of the hard white structures in the mouth used for biting and chewing food :

I've just had a tooth out at the dentist's.

to brush / clean your teeth

tooth decay

She answered through clenched teeth (= opening her mouth only a little because of anger) .

The cat sank its teeth into his finger.

—picture at face

—see also buck teeth , false teeth , milk tooth , wisdom tooth

2.

a narrow pointed part that sticks out of an object :

the teeth on a saw

—picture at zip

—see also fine-tooth comb

IDIOMS

- cut your teeth on sth

- cut a tooth

- get your teeth into sth

- have teeth

- in the teeth of sth

- set sb's teeth on edge

—more at armed verb , bare verb , bit , eye noun , eye teeth , fight verb , gnash , grit verb , hell , kick verb , kick noun , lie (II) verb , long adjective , red adjective , skin noun , sweet adjective

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English tōth (plural tēth ), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch tand and German Zahn , from an Indo-European root shared by Latin dent- , Greek odont- .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.