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tiptoe

[tip-toh] /ˈtɪpˌtoʊ/
noun
1.
the tip or end of a toe.
verb (used without object), tiptoed, tiptoeing.
2.
to move or go on tiptoe, as with caution or stealth:
She tiptoed out of the room.
adjective
3.
characterized by standing or walking on tiptoe.
4.
straining upward.
5.
eagerly expectant.
6.
cautious; stealthy.
adverb
7.
eagerly or cautiously; on tiptoe.
Idioms
8.
on tiptoe,
  1. on the tips of one's toes.
  2. expectant; eager:
    With Christmas coming, the children were on tiptoe.
  3. stealthily; cautiously:
    The concert had already begun, so he entered the back of the hall on tiptoe.
Origin of tiptoe
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English tiptoon (plural noun). See tip1, toe
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  • tiptoeing up the steps, he was about to lift the heavy bronze knocker when a porter opened the door and motioned him to enter.

  • tiptoeing to the door, Jewel closed it and began to inspect her new apartment.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • You may hear me tiptoeing up the stairs if you listen very hard.

    Carry On Coningsby Dawson
  • "Yes, Uncle Matthew," John answered, tiptoeing to the side of the bed.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • We heard still another little creaking noise, this time higher up the stairs, as if he were tiptoeing back to his room.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • He was tiptoeing towards the door, along the wall, where he was out of line with the keyhole.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • It gave her a moment of tender joy, and for another she played with the thought of him, tiptoeing towards her.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • "Come in, Freddie," he said in a low voice, tiptoeing back to his chair.

    The Uncalled Paul Laurence Dunbar
British Dictionary definitions for tiptoeing

tiptoe

/ˈtɪpˌtəʊ/
verb (intransitive) -toes, -toeing, -toed
1.
to walk with the heels off the ground and the weight supported by the ball of the foot and the toes
2.
to walk silently or stealthily
noun
3.
on tiptoe
  1. on the tips of the toes or on the ball of the foot and the toes
  2. eagerly anticipating something
  3. stealthily or silently
adverb
4.
on tiptoe
adjective
5.
walking or standing on tiptoe
6.
stealthy or silent
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Word Origin and History for tiptoeing

tiptoe

n.

mid-15c., from tip (n.) + toe. As a verb from 1630s. Related: Tiptoes (late 14c.).

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Idioms and Phrases with tiptoeing

tiptoe

see: on tiptoe
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