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atiptoe

[ uh-tip-toh ]

adverb

  1. standing or walking on tiptoe (usually used predicatively).
  2. eagerly expectant, as anticipating a desired event or arrival:

    waiting atiptoe for the mail.

  3. moving with caution or stealth, as avoiding calling attention to one's presence:

    She walked atiptoe through the sleeping house.



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Word History and Origins

Origin of atiptoe1

First recorded in 1570–80; a- 1 + tiptoe

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Example Sentences

She actually had her cheek almost against his shoulder, though she had to poise atiptoe to reach him.

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