[ UK /tˈuːθləs/ ]
[ US /ˈtuθɫəs/ ]
  1. lacking necessary force for effectiveness
    a toothless piece of legislation
  2. lacking teeth
    a toothless old crone
    most birds are toothless
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How To Use toothless In A Sentence

  • The old man smiled to reveal toothless gums.
  • The reason to do it now is preventive to try and avoid a toothless old age for her.
  • Apparently facultatively bipedal, with a toothless bird-like skull sporting large orbits, dinosaur-like cervical vertebrae possessing true pneumatic foramina, and reduced gracile forelimbs and a theropod-like pelvis, Effigia is strikingly like ornithomimosaurs (ostrich dinosaurs) in several details, mostly those concerning the skull and cervical vertebrae. Archive 2006-01-01
  • 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?
  • Gazing at their little arms, and their toothy (and sometimes toothless) grins, I wondered what it would be like to be catapulted from a world where your opportunities in life were, on any social and economic index, likely to be pretty limited, to one I couldn't even dream of: one where you understand how the black dots on a page turn into something that lifts the human heart, and where the way you move horse hair over strings can make the soul soar. Christina Patterson: Why Our Children Should Reach for the Stars
  • SNOW: Now, in addition to establishing a peace treaty, a former UNIFIL official says unless there is a clear mandate, there will be what he describes as a toothless U.N. peacekeeping force that will turn out only to be a disaster -- Wolf. CNN Transcript Jul 21, 2006
  • The toothless regulator appears powerless to stop the alleged cartel of energy companies. Times, Sunday Times
  • The Duke was revelling in the occasion, his toothless mouth curved up in a great leer like the mask of comedy.
  • It is a toothless tiger. Times, Sunday Times
  • The reason to do it now is preventive to try and avoid a toothless old age for her.
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