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tiptoe

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noun tip·toe \ˈtip-ˌtō, -ˈtō\

Definition of tiptoe

  1. :  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

  1. :  alert, aroused the contest of skill that puts one on tiptoe to win — Deerfield (Wisc.) Independent

14th Century

First Known Use of tiptoe

14th century


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tiptoe

verb tip·toe

Definition of tiptoe

tiptoed

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tiptoeing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to walk or proceed quietly or cautiously on or as if on tiptoe tiptoe around the issue

  3. 2 :  to stand or raise oneself on tiptoe

Examples of tiptoe in a sentence

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

Circa 1661

First Known Use of tiptoe

circa 1661


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tiptoe

adverb tip·toe

Definition of tiptoe

  1. :  on or as if on tiptoe

1592

First Known Use of tiptoe

1592


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tiptoe

adjective tip·toe

Definition of tiptoe

  1. 1 :  standing or walking on or as if on tiptoe

  2. 2 :  cautious, stealthy

Examples of tiptoe in a sentence

  1. She tiptoed through the puddle.

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

1593

First Known Use of tiptoe

1593



TIPTOE Defined for English Language Learners


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tiptoe

verb tip·toe

Definition of tiptoe for English Language Learners

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


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tiptoe

adjective tip·toe

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

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noun tip·toe \ˈtip-ˌtō\

Definition of tiptoe for Students

  1. :  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

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adverb or adjective tip·toe

Definition of tiptoe for Students

  1. :  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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verb tip·toe

Definition of tiptoe for Students

tiptoed

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tiptoeing

  1. :  to walk on the balls of the feet and toes with the heels raised



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