Definition of toothless in English:

toothless

adjective

  • 1Having no teeth, typically through old age.

    ‘a toothless old man’
    • ‘The reason to do it now is preventive to try and avoid a toothless old age for her.’
    • ‘His eternally friendly toothless grin is accentuated by wire-framed goggles, and his short-cropped head is uncovered.’
    • ‘And his cauliflower ears, toothless grin and boneless nose are testimony to his unrelenting quest for simulated perfection.’
    • ‘Three little girls ran to the door grinning toothless grins.’
    • ‘Six-month-old toothless Adi grins trustingly at the world.’
    • ‘A grungy man with an evil, nearly toothless grin crouched behind it.’
    • ‘An almost toothless grin was plastered on his tan wrinkled face.’
    • ‘The man who spoke, who called himself Jim, looked in his early 20's - late teens with a toothless grin and a black beanie.’
    • ‘It was a toothless old man who was chuckling loudly, withdrawing his hand - which only bore three fingers - and laying it on his sheathed sword.’
    • ‘If you see any withered, toothless, gimpy old men it gives you a good sign to run.] Or is that too graphics intensive at this time?’
    • ‘And then the tire guy - a toothless old vet - goes off, and this is what it sounded like.’
    • ‘Better buy a shotgun - I wouldn't count on the toothless old mutt.’
    • ‘So 300 years ago if I hadn't died of infection I'd be toothless by now.’
    • ‘As he is toothless he is seeking approval for a soft food diet but the medical unit have told him that he has to schedule a test, which may take months, to prove that he has no teeth.’
    • ‘When the old, toothless man in the parking lot approaches me with outstretched hands and asks for a dime or a cigarette or snack, I look into his eyes.’
    • ‘There were three people ahead of me on line, and one old toothless guy who got on line behind me and immediately pulled out a container of yogurt and began eating.’
    • ‘Middle-aged people, already in a state of despair about the fecklessness of the young, will find the activities of the grey and toothless equally distressing.’
    • ‘A beer and a cigarette from a smirking, toothless porter ease the immediate pain, while jibes from my travelling companions put my huffs and puffs into perspective.’
    • ‘Griffin is 32 and toothless and bone thin with wild dark eyes and a dark beard and fine, long black hair that he combs with fastidious care.’
    • ‘I saw him play more than once at Central Park in New York, his toothless mouth soulfully lisping his unique and beautiful song style.’
    1. 1.1Lacking genuine force or effectiveness.
      ‘laws that are well intentioned but toothless’
      • ‘Its armed forces are toothless, and its rhetoric is tired, repeated out of habit rather than conviction.’
      • ‘Resultantly, the CBI has come out as merely a toothless, diseased paper tiger whose roar is more effective than its maul.’
      • ‘The inquiry is effectively powerless, and it is toothless.’
      • ‘In fact he would not be directly investigated by the Inquisition until 1815, when it was nearly toothless - and presumably so was he.’
      • ‘Solid elsewhere, their undoing was again a toothless attack, Stranraer maintain at least a hope of a stunning advance into the fourth round once the replay is negotiated in Leith.’
      • ‘St Johnstone, bottom of the table and toothless in front of goal, are looking to bring a couple of Ecuadorians to McDiarmid Park.’
      • ‘But the term is not only toothless and tiresome, it's just wrong.’
      • ‘A lack of composure in the rearguard spread through the team and while Swansea had looked for the most part toothless in attack their equaliser when it came was no more a surprise than it was deserved.’
      • ‘Will the prosecution remain as toothless as it used to be at the times of Tatarchev, who kept talking of catching all bandits in a sack, but in reality none ever reached prison?’
      • ‘He manages to get the bill through in the most toothless possible form, knowing that it will help kick the props out from under segregation in years to come.’
      • ‘Unfussy defending from York and toothless tokens of attack from Southend - the corners mirrored sharply the pattern of the first 45 minutes.’
      • ‘What they have done is to make Legco toothless, " Ma said.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, their rather toothless union, typical of the Third World, cannot press for minimum wages or maximum hours.’
      • ‘Some enemies are imaginary; some are toothless.’
      • ‘And this caring for future generations must involve government, all industries, and the toothless EMA as well.’
      • ‘So the clan bodies, village councils, and public assemblies were either dissolved or made toothless against the chiefs.’
      • ‘He says that the Commission has just remained a toothless body and has done nothing for the 25 crore strong minority communities in the country.’
      • ‘Garda watchdog body will be toothless says expert’
      • ‘He forced his opponent to make a save with a sharp shot from a tight angle but, despite continuing to dominate possession, Shrewsbury remained toothless.’

Pronunciation

toothless

/ˈtuːθləs/