floss Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “floss” in the English Dictionary

"floss" in British English

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flossnoun [U]

uk   /flɒs/  us   /flɑːs/

floss noun [U] (TEETH)

→  dental floss

floss noun [U] (THREAD)

a ​mass of ​soft, ​smooththreadsespeciallyproduced by ​particularinsects and ​plants
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uk   /flɒs/  us   /flɑːs/

floss verb (TEETH)

[I or T] to ​clean between ​yourteeth using dental floss: It's ​important to floss every ​day.

floss verb (BEHAVIOUR)

[I] US slang to ​behave in a way that is ​intended to ​attractattention or ​admiration
(Definition of floss from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"floss" in American English

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flossverb [T]

 us   /flɑs, flɔs/
to ​clean between ​yourteeth using dental floss (= ​thinthread made ​especially for this ​purpose)

flossnoun [C/U]

 us   /flɑs, flɔs/
(Definition of floss from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “floss”
in Chinese (Simplified) 牙齿, 牙线…
in Chinese (Traditional) 牙齒, 牙線…
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