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1 a soft loosely twisted thread used in embroidery
2 a soft thread for cleaning the spaces between the teeth [syn: dental floss] v : use dental floss to clean; "floss your teeth after every meal"

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From floche, from floc, from floccus < an unrecorded O.E. or O.N. word from the root of Dutch flos "plush" (17c.). Compare to modern German Fluss, "a winding section/ a flowing river." Also related to fleece and flow.



  1. a thread, used to clean the area between the teeth
  2. (raw) silk fibres
  3. the fibres covering a corn cob
  4. Any thread-like material having parallel strands that are not spun or wound around each other.
    embroidery floss
  5. Spun sugar or cotton candy, especially in the phrase "candy floss".


a thread, used to clean the area between the teeth
silk fibres
  • German: Rohseide, Seidenfaser
the fibres covering a corn cob
  • German: Maiskolbenfaser
any thread-like material having parallel strands
spun sugar or cotton candy
  • German: Zuckerwatte


  1. To clean the area between the teeth using floss.
  2. To show off, especially by exhibiting one’s wealth or talent.
    • 2003, Vladimir Bogdanov, All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap and Hip-Hop, Backbeat Books, page 554:
      As the label's name no doubt implies, these rappers aren't your typical crew, even if they still like to floss and represent their city.
    • 2003, Wang, Oliver, Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide, ECW Press, page 134:
      “Ms. Jackson” is probably the most sensitive—and realistic—take on relationships to come out of hip-hop, while “Red Velvet” cautions would-be playas against pushing the floss envelope around “dirty boys” just waiting for a chance to add some gray flecks to that fur.
    • 2007, Azie Faison, Agyei Tyehimba, Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler, Simon and Schuster, page 69:
      It's impossible to floss wealth without attracting envy.

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Floss may refer to: In computing:
floss in German: Floss

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