- (of a nail) driven obliquely.
Origin of toed
- a journal or part placed vertically in a bearing, as the lower end of a vertical shaft.
- a curved partial cam lifting the flat surface of a follower and letting it drop; wiper.
verb (used with object), toed, toe·ing.
- to drive (a nail) obliquely.
- to toenail.
verb (used without object), toed, toe·ing.
Origin of toe
Examples from the Web for toed
That's the line also toed by hawks in Congress, who wait in the wings of talks to enact ever-harsher measures against Iran.Western and Iranian Diplomats Upbeat after Swiss Talks on Security Issues|Ali Gharib|October 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A class in spelling, big boys and little girls, toed a crack in front of the waster's desk.Secret of the Woods|William J. Long
Their heads were exactly like those of the grey rabbit, and instead of hoofs they were toed and clawed.The Forest Exiles|Mayne Reid
So they talked, as all partisan crowds do, while Bastian toed the mark.Fast Nine|Alan Douglas
verb toes, toeing or toed
Word Origin for toe
Old English ta (plural tan), contraction of *tahe (Mercian tahæ), from Proto-Germanic *taikhwo (cf. Old Norse ta, Old Frisian tane, Middle Dutch te, Dutch teen, Old High German zecha, German Zehe "toe"), probably originally meaning "fingers" as well (many PIE languages still use one word to mean both fingers and toes). The Old English plural tan survived in southwestern England to 14c. To be on (one's) toes "alert, eager" is recorded from 1921.
"touch or reach with the toes," 1813, from toe (n.). First recorded in expression toe the mark, which seems to be nautical in origin.
The chief mate ... marked a line on the deck, brought the two boys up to it, making them 'toe the mark.' [R.H. Dana, "Two Years Before the Mast," 1840]
Related: Toed; toeing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with toe
- toe the line
- dip one's toes into
- from head to toe
- on one's toes
- step on someone's toes
- turn up one's toes