- (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
Contemporary Examples of 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
October 15, 2013
Historical Examples of toed
Ainslee himself often toed the plate and told Bert to send in the best he had.Bert Wilson's Fadeaway Ball
J. W. Duffield
We lost little Lieut. ——, the best man that ever toed the line.Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front
E. W. Hornung
So they talked, as all partisan crowds do, while Bastian toed the mark.Fast Nine
Abe toed the penny mark, and that's how he got his reputation.A Man for the Ages
Generally the feet are clumsy in shape and three toed, suggesting the feet of the tapir.Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia
William Henry Holmes
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