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  1. the tip or end of a toe.
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verb (used without object), tip·toed, tip·toe·ing.
  1. to move or go on tiptoe, as with caution or stealth: She tiptoed out of the room.
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  1. characterized by standing or walking on tiptoe.
  2. straining upward.
  3. eagerly expectant.
  4. cautious; stealthy.
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  1. eagerly or cautiously; on tiptoe.
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  1. 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.
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Origin of tiptoe

1350–1400; Middle English tiptoon (plural noun). See tip1, toe
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  • She had to go on tiptoe through the shrubbery and out through the church yard.

  • The responsible man, with a start, obeyed, and went out on tiptoe.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • I forgot all my tatters and stood on tiptoe in the stirrups to overpeer the fence-row.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • There was somebody approaching her room—evidently on tiptoe.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • At last the mother took up the lamp and they went off, one after the other, on tiptoe.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for tiptoe


verb -toes, -toeing or -toed (intr)
  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
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  1. 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
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  1. on tiptoe
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  1. walking or standing on tiptoe
  2. stealthy or silent
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Word Origin and History for tiptoe


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

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Idioms and Phrases with tiptoe


see on tiptoe.

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