- Teeth are the hard, small, white enamel-covered structures set into a jaw.
An example of teeth are the white structures used to bite into something.
This woman has nice teeth.
armed (or dressed) to the teeth
get one's teeth intoor sink one's teeth into
in the teeth of
- directly against; in the face of
- in opposition to; defying
set one's teeth
show one's teeth
throw something in someone's teeth
- to reproach someone for something
- to hurl (a challenge, taunt, etc.) at someone
Old English tēþ, nominative plural of tōþ.
Variant of tooth
- any of a set of hard, bonelike structures set in the jaws of most vertebrates and used for biting, tearing, and chewing: a tooth consists typically of a sensitive, vascular pulp surrounded by dentin and coated on the crown with enamel and on the root with cementum: normally 32 are in the permanent set and 20 in the deciduous set of a human
- any of various analogous processes in invertebrates
- denture (sense )
- something resembling a tooth; toothlike part, as on a saw, fork, rake, gearwheel, etc.; tine, prong, cog, etc.
- appetite or taste for something specified: now only in sweet tooth
- something that bites, pierces, or gnaws like a tooth: the teeth of the storm
- a rough surface, as on paper, metal, etc.
- a sound or effective means of enforcing something: to put teeth into a law
- Bot. any small, pointed lobe, as of a leaf or of the fringe surrounding the opening of a capsule in mosses
Origin of toothMiddle English ; from Old English toth (; from an unverified form tanth), akin to German zahn ; from Indo-European an unverified form edont- (; from base an unverified form ed-, to eat) from source Classical Latin dens (gen. dentis), Classical Greek odous (gen. odontos)
- to provide with teeth
- to make jagged; indent
long in the tooth
tooth and nail