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tiptoe

noun tip·toe \ ˈtip-ˌtō , -ˈtō \
|Updated on: 15 Aug 2018

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 (Wisc.) Independent

Recent Examples of tiptoe from the Web

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First Known Use of tiptoe

14th century

in the meaning defined above

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tiptoe

verb

Definition of tiptoe

tiptoed; tiptoeing
1 : to walk or proceed quietly or cautiously on or as if on tiptoe
  • tiptoe around the issue
2 : to stand or raise oneself on tiptoe

Examples of tiptoe in a Sentence

  1. She tiptoed through the puddle.

  2. He tiptoed quietly around the house to avoid waking the children.

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First Known Use of tiptoe

circa 1661

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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tiptoe

adverb

Definition of tiptoe

: on or as if on tiptoe

Examples of tiptoe in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of tiptoe

1592

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tiptoe

adjective

Definition of tiptoe

1 : standing or walking on or as if on tiptoe

First Known Use of tiptoe

1593

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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TIPTOE Defined for English Language Learners

tiptoe

Definition of tiptoe for English Language Learners

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


tiptoe

Definition of tiptoe for English Language Learners

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


TIPTOE Defined for Kids

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tiptoe

noun tip·toe \ ˈtip-ˌtō \

Definition of tiptoe for Students

: the position of being balanced on the balls of the feet and toes with the heels raised usually used with on
  • He stood on tiptoe.

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tiptoe

adverb or adjective

Definition of tiptoe for Students

: on or as if on the balls of the feet and toes with the heels raised
  • I walked tiptoe past the dog.

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tiptoe

verb

Definition of tiptoe for Students

tiptoed; tiptoeing
: to walk on the balls of the feet and toes with the heels raised


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