big toe


Definition of big toe 

: the innermost and largest toe of the foot

called also great toe

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And the shape of the big toe stayed decidedly more ape-like until much later in our lineage, too. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The road to bipedalism wasn’t straight and narrow," 15 Aug. 2018 Portland played without Evan Turner, who missed the game due to a contusion on his right big toe stemming from Game 2. Andrew Greif,, "Portland Trail Blazers collapse in 119-102 Game 3 loss to New Orleans Pelicans: Rapid Reaction," 19 Apr. 2018 Accuracy: 4/10, the big toe claw is right but these guys are way too big. Emma Stefansky, GQ, "The Definitive Jurassic Park Dinosaur Power Rankings," 21 June 2018 Mets center fielder Juan Lagares is expected to miss the rest of the season because of an injury to his left big toe., "Patriots owner Robert Kraft deposed in Colin Kaepernick case," 19 May 2018 Gout is like giving birth to a baby the size of Shaquille O’Neal through your big toe. John Kass,, "My wife loves the royal wedding, and there’s nothing I can do," 16 May 2018 Hammertoes are also often accompanied by bunions, bony bumps that form at the base of the big toe and crowd the toes even more within the shoe, exacerbating the situation. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "What Can You Do About a Hammertoe?," 6 July 2018 In the bone structure of the foot, the difference in the base of the big toe in adults and children is what led researchers to realize children spent more time climbing than their parents. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Ape-like toddlers climbed trees 3.3 million years ago, fossil suggests," 5 July 2018 My new jelly sandals were yellow, the kind that let your big toes stick out. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "A Reading List for Reconsidering the Fourth of July in 2018," 3 July 2018

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1699, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of big toe

: the largest toe on a person's foot

big toe

\ˌbig- \

Medical Definition of big toe 

: the innermost and largest digit of the foot

called also great toe

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