Definition of toenail in US English:

toenail

noun

  • 1The nail at the tip of each toe.

    • ‘If you get any solution on your fingernails or toenails, use alcohol to keep your cuticles from turning orange.’
    • ‘Some had the national flag painted on their fingernails and toenails.’
    • ‘They affect the toenails more often than the fingernails.’
    • ‘Fingernails grow about three or four times as quickly as toenails.’
    • ‘Her nail varnish is applied patchily, on bitten fingernails and bitten toenails.’
    • ‘The infection is more likely in toenails than in fingernails.’
    • ‘Careful examination of the fingernails and toenails can provide clues to underlying systemic diseases.’
    • ‘Your fingernails and toenails also are made of the protein keratin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To avoid ingrown toenails, cut your nails straight across.’
    • ‘By the time she was able to go home, she'd lost much of her hair, her eyelashes, eyebrows, fingernails, and toenails.’
    • ‘Workers often lose fingernails and toenails, and they suffer injuries from the knives, saws, and machinery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘See your doctor if you think you have a fungal infection in your fingernails or toenails.’
    • ‘An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the soft skin surrounding the nail.’
    • ‘Tinea unguium is a form of ringworm that most commonly infects fingernails and toenails.’
    • ‘Scratching an infected toenail can infect your fingernails.’
    • ‘I had painted my toenails and fingernails varying shades of purple, and I was wearing my open-toed heeled sandals.’
    • ‘In the blink of an eye, her fingernails and toenails were painted a shade of blue to match her dress.’
    • ‘For some women, hormonal changes may cause the fingernails and toenails to grow faster than usual or to become brittle or soft.’
  • 2A nail driven obliquely through a piece of wood 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]
  • Fasten (a piece of wood) by driving a nail obliquely through it.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Assemble the frieze sections on level ground, and against a straight edge to keep them square, before toenailing them to the 4x4 posts.’
    • ‘The wood is secured by toenailing it to the roof decking.’
    • ‘Secure the spanning joist to the post and toenail it to the center nailing block.’

Pronunciation

toenail

/ˈtoʊˌneɪl//ˈtōˌnāl/