tiptoe


1tip·toe

noun \ˈtip-ˌtō, -ˈtō\

Definition of TIPTOE

:  the position of being balanced on the balls of the feet and toes with the heels raised —usually used with on; also :  the ends of the toes
on tiptoe
:  alert, aroused <the contest of skill that puts one on tiptoe to win — Deerfield (Wisconsin) Independent>

First Known Use of TIPTOE

14th century

Rhymes with TIPTOE

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2tiptoe

adverb

: with your toes touching the ground and your heels raised up

Full Definition of TIPTOE

:  on or as if on tiptoe

Examples of TIPTOE

  1. She had to stand tiptoe to reach the shelf.

First Known Use of TIPTOE

1592

3tiptoe

adjective

Definition of TIPTOE

1
:  standing or walking on or as if on tiptoe

First Known Use of TIPTOE

1593

4tiptoe

intransitive verb

: to walk with your heels raised up and only your toes touching the ground

tip·toedtip·toe·ing

Full Definition of TIPTOE

1
:  to stand or raise oneself on tiptoe
2
:  to walk or proceed quietly or cautiously on or as if on tiptoe <tiptoe around the issue>

Examples of TIPTOE

  1. She tiptoed through the puddle.
  2. He tiptoed quietly around the house to avoid waking the children.

First Known Use of TIPTOE

circa 1661

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