Definition of toenail in English:

toenail

noun

  • 1The nail at the tip of each toe.

    • ‘The decoration of both toenails and fingernails for aesthetic purposes dates back at least as far as Ancient Egypt, where henna and other products were applied to colour the feet and hands as well as the nails.’
    • ‘I had painted my toenails and fingernails varying shades of purple, and I was wearing my open-toed heeled sandals.’
    • ‘Scratching an infected toenail can infect your fingernails.’
    • ‘An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the soft skin surrounding the nail.’
    • ‘In the blink of an eye, her fingernails and toenails were painted a shade of blue to match her dress.’
    • ‘Fingernails grow about three or four times as quickly as toenails.’
    • ‘Your fingernails and toenails also are made of the protein keratin.’
    • ‘They affect the toenails more often than the fingernails.’
    • ‘To avoid ingrown toenails, cut your nails straight across.’
    • ‘For some women, hormonal changes may cause the fingernails and toenails to grow faster than usual or to become brittle or soft.’
    • ‘Workers often lose fingernails and toenails, and they suffer injuries from the knives, saws, and machinery.’
    • ‘See your doctor if you think you have a fungal infection in your fingernails or toenails.’
    • ‘Careful examination of the fingernails and toenails can provide clues to underlying systemic diseases.’
    • ‘If your toenail does not improve, your GP or podiatrist will be able to partially remove your toenail to allow the nail to grow back and heal.’
    • ‘Tinea unguium is a form of ringworm that most commonly infects fingernails and toenails.’
    • ‘By the time she was able to go home, she'd lost much of her hair, her eyelashes, eyebrows, fingernails, and toenails.’
    • ‘Some had the national flag painted on their fingernails and toenails.’
    • ‘Her nail varnish is applied patchily, on bitten fingernails and bitten toenails.’
    • ‘If you get any solution on your fingernails or toenails, use alcohol to keep your cuticles from turning orange.’
    • ‘The infection is more likely in toenails than in fingernails.’
  • 2A nail driven through a piece of wood at an angle in order to secure it.

    • ‘Also, try and stagger the toenails on each side of the board, rather than placing all of them on one side.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Secure (a piece of wood) by driving a nail through it at an angle.

    • ‘Assemble the frieze sections on level ground, and against a straight edge to keep them square, before toenailing them to the 4x4 posts.’
    • ‘Some of the boards can be face nailed into the long spoke, others must toenailed.’
    • ‘If necessary shim before you secure pre-drill and toenail the stringer to the piers.’
    • ‘Then, using 16-penny nails, toenail the curb through the sheathing to the frame.’
    • ‘Then toenail the joist through the joist into the girder.’
    • ‘Secure the spanning joist to the post and toenail it to the center nailing block.’
    • ‘The wood is secured by toenailing it to the roof decking.’

Pronunciation

toenail

/ˈtəʊneɪl/