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)
3 : toe dance
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 \ -​ləs How to pronounce toeless (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

For Wenzel that means dipping his toe into experimental beers to attract the adventurous beer drinker, as well as those more accustomed to wine and cocktails. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "New Belgium Builds a Brewery in a Denver Hotel," 12 Apr. 2019 Over the past few years, mega e-retailer Amazon has been slowly dipping its toes into the beauty sphere. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "Amazon Launches Its First-Ever Skin-Care Line Today — and Everything's Under $40," 20 Mar. 2019 Some venture capitalists dipped their toes into the cryptocurrency market last year by buying up contracts for future tokens. Yuliya Chernova, WSJ, "Chernova’s Take: Time to Revalue Bets on Crypto Tokens," 28 Jan. 2019 Either way, a root cover up is a great way to dip your toe into the world of hair color and super simple to use at home. Sarah Ferguson, Marie Claire, "You've Spotted Your First Gray Hair: A Game Plan," 9 Nov. 2018 The five-time Emmy nominee also dipped his toe into the professional kickboxing world and produced a documentary, Idris Elba: Fighter, following his journey. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just 26 Unbelievably Hot Photos of Idris Elba Being a Daddy," 6 Nov. 2018 Now, the hairstylist is dipping his toe into the comedy circuit, teaming up with Hotels.com for a ten-night stand-up tour around the U.S. throughout the fall. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "'Queer Eye' Star Jonathan Van Ness on Travel as Self-Care," 6 Sep. 2018 Dip your toes into the local culture, which often involves students swaying in hammocks and smoking weed. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 2018 Rest your heels up on the step so that your toes are pointed up. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "This 4-Move Workout Works Your Whole Body—and All You Need Is a Step," 19 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And that legacy continues next Monday, April 15, when 30,000 runners from 118 countries and all 50 U.S. states (plus Washington, D.C.) will toe the starting line for the 123rd edition of the race. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "6 Things You Should Know Before Watching the 2019 Boston Marathon," 11 Apr. 2019 Sure, wearing head-to-toe anything all day can feel a little impractical. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Don’t You...Wear Head-to-Toe Gucci All Day, Every Day," 2 Apr. 2019 Even the country's ultraconservative clerics, who for decades warned against allowing women to work and drive, have toed the line with muted statements of support. Aya Batrawy, chicagotribune.com, "As driving ban lifts, Saudi women in crosshairs of change," 23 June 2018 And Los Blancos' overriding supremacy provided a deserved tangible reward after just eight minutes as Bale found himself in the right place at the right time to toe home his 15th goal of the season. SI.com, "WATCH: Gareth Bale Scores as Rotated Real Madrid Beats Leganes," 28 Apr. 2018 The network, however, doesn’t just toe the Trump line. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Koch network success in Trump era draws Democratic pushback," 23 Apr. 2018 That means many of the top elite runners, both in the U.S. and elsewhere, toe the line in NYC every November. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Watching the 2018 New York City Marathon," 25 Oct. 2018 While Harding was a rough-around-the-edges athlete in a sport in which most toed the line in the 1990s, she still was given opportunity after opportunity to represent the United States around the world. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Brennan: Allison Janney misguided in defense of Tonya Harding," 11 Jan. 2018 Here, there are no dads toeing the start line pushing strollers, no goody bags and no water breaks. Pia Peterson, New York Times, "Road Race of the Superwomen," 5 July 2018

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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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Dictionary Entries near toe

Todt

Todus

tody

toe

toea

to each his own

toe-and-heel

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toe

noun

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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