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  1. the tip or end of a toe.

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.

  1. characterized by standing or walking on tiptoe.

  2. straining upward.

  1. eagerly expectant.

  2. cautious; stealthy.

  1. eagerly or cautiously; on tiptoe.

Idioms about tiptoe

  1. 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

1350–1400; Middle English tiptoon (plural noun). See tip1, toe

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How to use tiptoe in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tiptoe


/ (ˈtɪpˌtəʊ) /

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

  1. on tiptoe

    • on the tips of the toes or on the ball of the foot and the toes

    • eagerly anticipating something

    • stealthily or silently

  1. on tiptoe

  1. walking or standing on tiptoe

  2. stealthy or silent

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Other Idioms and Phrases with tiptoe


see on tiptoe.

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