toe

1 of 2

noun

1
a(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
toeless adjective

toe

2 of 2

verb

toed; toeing

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
Phrases
on one's toes toe to toe
: facing one another
toe the line or toe the mark
: to conform rigorously to a rule or standard

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Skin and other tissues, especially on fingers, toes, and the nose may turn black and die. Sara Moniuszko, CBS News, 12 Feb. 2024 Now here’s an option that will allow white sneaker-lovers to dip their toes into the color trend. Samantha Leal, Travel + Leisure, 11 Feb. 2024 California has dipped its toes in some of the country's most controversial practices to confront its growing homelessness problem. Jamie Joseph, Fox News, 11 Feb. 2024 However, embracing a new interior decorating trend can seem intimidating, especially for those just dipping their toes into the world of decor. Wendy Vazquez, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Feb. 2024 There is a brief, early scene in which Utah, dipping his toe into his undercover persona, affects a surfer-bro accent, i.e., his own but even drawlier. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 1 Feb. 2024 The toe box is also roomy enough for toes to naturally splay. Sarah Kester, Travel + Leisure, 30 Jan. 2024 In the lawsuit, Hunter writes that one scene required him to wear a robe and be covered in fake blood from head to toe. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 17 Jan. 2024 Paper clips These come in handy to create a temporary zipper pull, necklace clasp or, with some adhesive tape, splint for a broken finger or toe. Laura Daily, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2024
Verb
If your feet and hands tend to get cold, try using hand or toe warmers in your gloves and boots. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 28 Jan. 2024 So have Fox News and other bombastic media outlets, which spread misinformation about climate and clean energy and punish conservatives who don’t toe the party line. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2024 Other tasters agreed, saying the flavor was lively and perfectly toed the line between briny and fishy. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 8 Jan. 2024 Rather, such an entertainer must toe that fine line between sucking up to those being feted and doing the kind of ribbing that’ll get enough laughter to register on a telecast. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 8 Jan. 2024 The account toed the line between public and private. Rachel Schilke, Washington Examiner, 11 Jan. 2024 In fact, the whole world is toeing the edge of peak emissions. Marshall Ingwerson, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Dec. 2023 Ugg hit a home run with this shoe that delicately toes the line between indoor and outdoor wear, making this style their highest seller in 2023. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 19 Dec. 2023 Against that backdrop, La Jolla sophomore Chiara Dailey will toe the starting line Saturday at Morley Field looking to make a bit of history. Steve Brand, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1660, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Toe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toe. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

toe

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: one of the jointed parts of the front end of a vertebrate foot
b
: the front end or part of a foot or hoof
c
: the front end or part of something worn on the foot
2
: something that resembles a toe

toe

2 of 2 verb
toed; toeing
: to touch, reach, or kick with the toes

Medical Definition

toe

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