toothless


toothless

adjective

  1. lacking teeth.
  2. without a serrated edge, as a saw.
  3. lacking in force or sharpness; dull; ineffectual: a toothless argument.
adj.

late 14c., in literal sense, from tooth + -less. Figurative sense of “dull” is recorded from 1590s; that of “lacking enforcement powers” is first recorded 1961. Related: Toothlessly; toothlessness.

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