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tooth +‎ -some


toothsome (comparative more toothsome, superlative most toothsome)

  1. Delicious.
    • 1908, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables:
      "It's a lot nicer than going round by the road; that is so dusty and hot," said Diana practically, peeping into her dinner basket and mentally calculating if the three juicy, toothsome, raspberry tarts reposing there were divided among ten girls, how many bites each girl would have.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 58:
      ‘I had the happy notion of adding an egg,’ Williams shouted back. ‘It poaches in the soup. Not unlike an Italian stracciatella. Singularly toothsome...’
  2. Sexually attractive.
    • 1989, David John Cawdell Irving, Göring: a biography
      In 1919 he had been waiting at a bus stop, en route to his initiation as a Freemason: a toothsome blonde had crossed his path, and he had stalked off after her instead.
  3. Having a pleasing texture when bitten.
    • Once the pasta is firmly al dente (toothsome but not snappy), add it into the pan, with a bunch of cheese, and cook til it all becomes glossy.
      Bagels are fine, but give me a warm bialy any time. With its crisp bits of onion nestled snugly into a golden pillow of toothsome chewiness, this is the ideal substrate for lox and a schmear—or just on its own.
  4. Showing lots of teeth, toothy.