- 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
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Examples from the Web for tiptoeing
So, like real pumas, the women who waited to see are just tiptoeing away, catlike, from the battle.White Women Dump the Dems
September 27, 2010
Others are tiptoeing around the second item, as Elizabeth launches the latest book in her oeuvre of misfortune: Resilience.Elizabeth Edwards the Hypocrite
May 6, 2009
"Yes, Uncle Matthew," John answered, tiptoeing to the side of the bed.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
The unconscious stealth of her tiptoeing to the landing outside.The Night Riders
He was tiptoeing towards the door, along the wall, where he was out of line with the keyhole.The Lion's Skin
Tiptoeing to the door, Jewel closed it and began to inspect her new apartment.Jewel
Clara Louise Burnham
From that I concluded that he had either stopped or had taken to tiptoeing, too.Boy Scouts in the North Sea
G. Harvey Ralphson
- 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
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Word Origin and History for tiptoeing
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with tiptoeing
see on tiptoe.
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