- having a toe: a toed clog; toed stockings.
- having a toe of a specific kind or number (usually used in combination): three-toed sloth.
- (of a nail) driven obliquely.
Origin of toed
- one of the terminal digits of the human foot.
- an analogous part in certain animals.
- the forepart of the foot or hoof of a horse or the like.
- the forepart of anything worn on the foot, as of a shoe or stocking.
- a part resembling a toe in shape or position.
- Railroads. the end of a frog in front of the point and in the direction of the switch.
- a journal or part placed vertically in a bearing, as the lower end of a vertical shaft.
- a curved partial cam lifting the flat surface of a follower and letting it drop; wiper.
- Golf. the outer end of the head of a club.
- to furnish with a toe or toes.
- to touch or reach with the toes: The pitcher toed the mound, wound up, and threw a fastball.
- to kick with the toe.
- Golf. to strike (the ball) with the toe of the club.
- to drive (a nail) obliquely.
- to toenail.
- to stand, walk, etc., with the toes in a specified position: to toe in.
- to tap with the toe, as in dancing.
- on one's toes, energetic; alert; ready: The spirited competition kept them on their toes.
- step/tread on (someone's) toes, to offend (a person); encroach on the territory or sphere of responsibility of (another): The new employee stepped on a lot of toes when he suggested reorganizing the office.
- toe the line. line1(def 83).
Origin of toe
Examples from the Web for toed
That's the line also toed by hawks in Congress, who wait in the wings of talks to enact ever-harsher measures against Iran.Western and Iranian Diplomats Upbeat after Swiss Talks on Security Issues
October 15, 2013
Ainslee himself often toed the plate and told Bert to send in the best he had.Bert Wilson's Fadeaway Ball
J. W. Duffield
We lost little Lieut. ——, the best man that ever toed the line.Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front
E. W. Hornung
So they talked, as all partisan crowds do, while Bastian toed the mark.Fast Nine
Abe toed the penny mark, and that's how he got his reputation.A Man for the Ages
Generally the feet are clumsy in shape and three toed, suggesting the feet of the tapir.Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia
William Henry Holmes
- having a part resembling a toe
- (of a vertical or oblique member of a timber frame) fixed by nails driven in at the foot
- (in combination) having a toe or toes as specifiedfive-toed
- any one of the digits of the foot
- the corresponding part in other vertebrates
- the part of a shoe, sock, etc, covering the toes
- anything resembling a toe in shape or position
- the front part of the head of a golf club, hockey stick, etc
- the lower bearing of a vertical shaft assembly
- the tip of a cam follower that engages the cam profile
- dip one's toe in or dip one's toes in informal to begin doing or try something new or unfamiliar
- on one's toes alert
- tread on someone's toes to offend or insult a person, esp by trespassing on his or her field of responsibility
- turn up one's toes informal to die
- Australian slang speeda player with plenty of toe
- (tr) to touch, kick, or mark with the toe
- (tr) golf to strike (the ball) with the toe of the club
- (tr) to drive (a nail, spike, etc) obliquely
- (intr) to walk with the toes pointing in a specified directionto toe inwards
- toe the line to conform to expected standards, attitudes, etc
Word Origin and History for toed
Old English ta (plural tan), contraction of *tahe (Mercian tahæ), from Proto-Germanic *taikhwo (cf. Old Norse ta, Old Frisian tane, Middle Dutch te, Dutch teen, Old High German zecha, German Zehe "toe"), probably originally meaning "fingers" as well (many PIE languages still use one word to mean both fingers and toes). The Old English plural tan survived in southwestern England to 14c. To be on (one's) toes "alert, eager" is recorded from 1921.
"touch or reach with the toes," 1813, from toe (n.). First recorded in expression toe the mark, which seems to be nautical in origin.
The chief mate ... marked a line on the deck, brought the two boys up to it, making them 'toe the mark.' [R.H. Dana, "Two Years Before the Mast," 1840]
Related: Toed; toeing.
- Any of the digits of a foot.