- the tip or end of a toe.
- to move or go on tiptoe, as with caution or stealth: She tiptoed out of the room.
- characterized by standing or walking on tiptoe.
- straining upward.
- eagerly expectant.
- cautious; stealthy.
- eagerly or cautiously; on tiptoe.
- on tiptoe,
- on the tips of one's toes.
- expectant; eager: With Christmas coming, the children were on tiptoe.
- stealthily; cautiously: The concert had already begun, so he entered the back of the hall on tiptoe.
Origin of tiptoe
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Examples from the Web for tiptoe
A couple of ladies, standing on tiptoe, are scribbling over it with eyeliner and lipstick.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
If Romney tries to run or tiptoe away, he will trip over his own flip-flops.How Obama Will Cash In on Paul Ryan: Medicare, Taxes, Education & More
August 13, 2012
Romney, on account of his wealthy personal life, has to tiptoe around policies that redistribute wealth upward.What's Wrong With Perry's Tax Plan
October 25, 2011
The establishment has to tiptoe around her and handle her delicately.How to Derail Palin for 2012
November 1, 2010
You must tell George that he must walk on tiptoe and not speak—otherwise he will die someday.A Mark Twain Christmas Story
The Daily Beast
December 24, 2009
She had to go on tiptoe through the shrubbery and out through the church yard.The Incomplete Amorist
The responsible man, with a start, obeyed, and went out on tiptoe.Little Dorrit
I forgot all my tatters and stood on tiptoe in the stirrups to overpeer the fence-row.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
There was somebody approaching her room—evidently on tiptoe.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
The journalist stood on tiptoe, for as yet he did not understand.
- to walk with the heels off the ground and the weight supported by the ball of the foot and the toes
- to walk silently or stealthily
- on tiptoe
- on the tips of the toes or on the ball of the foot and the toes
- eagerly anticipating something
- stealthily or silently
- on tiptoe
- walking or standing on tiptoe
- stealthy or silent
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Word Origin and History for tiptoe
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with tiptoe
see on tiptoe.
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