having a toe: a toed clog; toed stockings.
having a toe of a specific kind or number (usually used in combination): three-toed sloth.
  1. (of a nail) driven obliquely.
  2. toenailed.

Nearby words

  1. toe-out,
  2. toe-to-toe,
  3. toea,
  4. toebie,
  5. toecap,
  6. toefl,
  7. toehold,
  8. toenail,
  9. toepiece,
  10. toerag

Origin of toed

First recorded in 1605–15; toe + -ed3

Related formsmul·ti·toed, adjective




one of the terminal digits of the human foot.
an analogous part in certain animals.
the forepart of the foot or hoof of a horse or the like.
the forepart of anything worn on the foot, as of a shoe or stocking.
a part resembling a toe in shape or position.
Railroads. the end of a frog in front of the point and in the direction of the switch.
  1. a journal or part placed vertically in a bearing, as the lower end of a vertical shaft.
  2. a curved partial cam lifting the flat surface of a follower and letting it drop; wiper.
Golf. the outer end of the head of a club.

verb (used with object), toed, toe·ing.

to furnish with a toe or toes.
to touch or reach with the toes: The pitcher toed the mound, wound up, and threw a fastball.
to kick with the toe.
Golf. to strike (the ball) with the toe of the club.
  1. to drive (a nail) obliquely.
  2. to toenail.

verb (used without object), toed, toe·ing.

to stand, walk, etc., with the toes in a specified position: to toe in.
to tap with the toe, as in dancing.

Origin of toe

before 900; Middle English; Old English tā; cognate with Dutch teen, German Zehe, Old Norse

Related formstoe·less, adjectivetoe·like, adjective

Can be confusedtoe tow Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for toed

British Dictionary definitions for toed



having a part resembling a toe
(of a vertical or oblique member of a timber frame) fixed by nails driven in at the foot
(in combination) having a toe or toes as specifiedfive-toed



any one of the digits of the foot
the corresponding part in other vertebrates
the part of a shoe, sock, etc, covering the toes
anything resembling a toe in shape or position
the front part of the head of a golf club, hockey stick, etc
the lower bearing of a vertical shaft assembly
the tip of a cam follower that engages the cam profile
dip one's toe in or dip one's toes in informal to begin doing or try something new or unfamiliar
on one's toes alert
tread on someone's toes to offend or insult a person, esp by trespassing on his or her field of responsibility
turn up one's toes informal to die
Australian slang speeda player with plenty of toe

verb toes, toeing or toed

(tr) to touch, kick, or mark with the toe
(tr) golf to strike (the ball) with the toe of the club
(tr) to drive (a nail, spike, etc) obliquely
(intr) to walk with the toes pointing in a specified directionto toe inwards
toe the line to conform to expected standards, attitudes, etc
Derived Formstoelike, adjective

Word Origin for toe

Old English tā; related to Old Frisian tāne, Old Norse tā, Old High German zēha, Latin digitus finger

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Word Origin and History for toed
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for toed




Any of the digits of a foot.

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Idioms and Phrases with toed


In addition to the idiom beginning with toe

  • toe the line

also see:

  • dip one's toes into
  • from head to toe
  • on one's toes
  • step on someone's toes
  • turn up one's toes
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