- 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
- 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
Eagerly anticipating something, as in The children were on tiptoe before the birthday party. [Late 1500s]
Moving stealthily, warily, as in They went down the hall on tiptoe. [Mid-1700s] Both usages transfer standing on one's toes to a particular reason for doing so; def. 2 alludes to moving more quietly in this fashion.
see on tiptoe.