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.
eagerly or cautiously; on tiptoe.
Idioms about 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.
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How to use tiptoe in a sentence
The Massachusetts-born pianist was equally adept at attacking hard-charging electric fusion with his band Return to Forever, in stadiums full of prog rock enthusiasts, as he was at tiptoeing through Mozart concertos with meditative precision.Remembering Chick Corea, An Endlessly Inquisitive Jazz Pioneer | Andrew R. Chow | February 12, 2021 | Time
As the world tiptoes toward normalcy, I asked what they want to do after this work-from-home experiment ends.
One or two, it seemed to me, were actually still tiptoeing “en pointe.”
So, like real pumas, the women who waited to see are just tiptoeing away, catlike, from the battle.
Others are tiptoeing around the second item, as Elizabeth launches the latest book in her oeuvre of misfortune: Resilience.
Tiptoeing down the hall, he came to a small upstairs living room in which a light burned.
But before I have time to evolve a satisfactory explanation, I hear Wingie tiptoeing back.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
He listened some more; then he come tiptoeing down and stood right between us; we could a touched him, nearly.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Davy picked up the reins and Frosty began tiptoeing around and arching his back.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
From that I concluded that he had either stopped or had taken to tiptoeing, too.Boy Scouts in the North Sea | G. Harvey Ralphson
British Dictionary definitions for 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 the tips of the toes or on the ball of the foot and the toes
eagerly anticipating something
stealthily or silently
walking or standing on tiptoe
stealthy or silent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with tiptoe
see on tiptoe.
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