[ uh-tip-toh ]
/ əˈtɪpˌtoʊ /

adverb, adjective

standing or walking on tiptoe (usually used predicatively).
eagerly expectant, as anticipating a desired event or arrival: waiting atiptoe for the mail.
moving with caution or stealth, as avoiding calling attention to one's presence: She walked atiptoe through the sleeping house.


Discover The Influence Of Portuguese On English Via This Quiz!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following bird names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Origin of atiptoe

First recorded in 1570–80; a-1 + tiptoe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020