toe

noun
\ ˈtō How to pronounce toe (audio) \

Definition of toe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : one of the terminal members of the vertebrate foot
(2) : the fore end of a foot or hoof
b : a terminal segment of a limb of an invertebrate
c : the forepart of something worn on the foot the toe of a boot
2 : a part that by its position or form is felt to resemble a toe the toe of Italy : such as
a : a lateral projection at one end or between the ends of a piece (such as a rod or bolt)
b : the lowest part (as of an embankment, dam, or cliff)
on one's toes toe to toe
: facing one another

toe

verb
toed; toeing

Definition of toe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to touch, reach, or drive with the toe toe a football
2 : to furnish with a toe toe a sock
3 : to drive (something, such as a nail) obliquely also : to clinch or fasten by or with nails or rods so driven

intransitive verb

1 : tiptoe
2 : to stand, walk, or be placed so that the toes assume an indicated position or direction toe in
toe the line or toe the mark
: to conform rigorously to a rule or standard

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Other Words from toe

Noun

toeless \ ˈtō-​ləs How to pronounce toe (audio) \ adjective

Examples of toe in a Sentence

Noun He felt the sand between his toes. I accidentally stepped on her toe. I stubbed my toe on the table's leg. My sock has a hole in the toe. the toe of her boot the toe of the peninsula Verb She toed off her shoes. The pitcher toed the rubber.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Set up a large tic-tac-toe grid on one side of a room using masking tape, rolled up towels or belts to create lines. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "The Family-Friendly Workout to Fight Cabin Fever," 2 Jan. 2021 After checking with the girls' parents, Finley drew some index cards out of his pocket and started the first of many games of Tic-tac-toe. Marika Gerken, CNN, "A mailman, two little sisters, and weeks-long games of Tic-tac-toe," 25 Dec. 2020 Even more, the engine’s featherweight reciprocating mass enables lightning-quick rev climbs and equally snappy drops; few cars are more challenging to properly heel-toe, but even fewer are as wonderfully gratifying to get right. Basem Wasef, Car and Driver, "Driving the 5 Best Porsche 911 GT Cars Ever," 15 Dec. 2020 In addition to mastodons, other native animals are depicted such as camelids, three-toe ungulates with trunks, and what resembles a giant sloth. James Rogers, Fox News, "Amazon rock art discovery depicts prehistoric people and huge Ice Age beasts," 10 Dec. 2020 These round-toe booties with inner ankle zipper come in micro suede as well as faux leather in your option of five colors. Lauren Levy, NBC News, "Black Friday bestsellers: The top selling deals we've covered," 27 Nov. 2020 This week, Holmes ran errands in New York City wearing a pair of black, pointed-toe mules with a slight heel. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Katie Holmes’s Sharp Fall Shoe Is an Instant Outfit-Maker," 24 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, Maison Margiela updated its famous Tabi shoe (the Japanese split-toe style) with metallic spray paint. New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 29 Oct. 2020 One of the biggest trends for fall 2020, square-toe boots have a distinctively stylish feel. Lauren Caruso, CNN Underscored, "20 under-$150 boots to buy before they sell out," 27 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Watch to see if Republicans align with the president now – or toe their line. Fox News, "President Trump signs COVID relief, spending bill averting shutdown. So what happens now?," 28 Dec. 2020 Wearing a head to toe glossy gold tracksuit, with Timberland boots, J.Lo showed, once again, that activewear can be chic. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez Stuns in a Glossy Gold Tracksuit from Beyoncé 's Ivy Park Collection," 20 Dec. 2020 This season, under new coach Stan Van Gundy, the Pelicans will try to toe the line between taking better care of the ball and attacking in transition. Christian Clark, NOLA.com, "'You have to figure out that balance': Pelicans trying to play fast while eliminating turnovers," 8 Dec. 2020 The Dolphins are trying to toe the line of vying for playoff contention while needing to get Tagovailoa, their 2020 No. 5 pick, experience in the final five games of the regular season. ... Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Game time: Fast facts, injury report and key info for Cincinnati Bengals (2-8-1) at Miami Dolphins (7-4)," 5 Dec. 2020 Journalists say that period induced a shift, as editors and managers felt more pressure to toe the government line. Washington Post, "With protests muzzled, Hong Kong takes aim at the press," 14 Nov. 2020 Election time giveaways are increasingly common, though businesses have to toe a line. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "With 1,000 servings of jambalaya, Cafe Reconcile helps feed voters waiting at polls," 3 Nov. 2020 Vermont, another state with an affinity for candidates who don't toe the party line, comes out on top in KVPCs — two in every 1,000 residents there checked the box for 'Ye. Zoë Jackson, Star Tribune, "Wait, so where in Minnesota did Kanye get all his votes?," 11 Nov. 2020 Stagger your feet heel to toe, with the right-side (upper) foot in front of the left-side (lower) foot—both still on the socks. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "Jessie Diggins's Killer 8-Minute Core Workout," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of toe

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1660, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for toe

Noun

Middle English to, from Old English ; akin to Old High German zēha toe

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Time Traveler for toe

Time Traveler

The first known use of toe was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Toe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toe. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for toe

toe

noun
How to pronounce toe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of toe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of the five separate parts at the end of your foot
: the part of a shoe or sock that covers the front part of your foot
: something that is shaped like a toe

toe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of toe (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : to touch, reach, or kick (something) with your toe or with the end of your foot

toe

noun
\ ˈtō How to pronounce toe (audio) \

Kids Definition of toe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one of the separate parts of the front end of a foot
2 : the front end or part of a foot or hoof
3 : the front end of something worn on the foot

Other Words from toe

toed \ ˈtōd \ adjective five-toed

toe

verb
toed; toeing

Kids Definition of toe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to touch, reach, or kick with the toes

toe

noun
\ ˈtō How to pronounce toe (audio) \

Medical Definition of toe

: one of the terminal members of a vertebrate's foot

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