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

The brand also designed Jonas' entire look from head to toe. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Says She Had a "Panic Attack" on Her Wedding Day," 8 Feb. 2019 Today, the Duchess of Cambridge chose a head-to-toe coordinated color palette for the visit, based around a bespoke green Beulah dress. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Head-to-Toe Green Outfit is a Lesson in Color Coordination," 22 Jan. 2019 While Gaga matched her hair to her epic Valentino gown, but RM chose to let his pop, topping off his (almost) head-to-toe black look with a bold hair color on top. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "BTS Member RM Dyed His Hair Blue-Blonde," 9 Jan. 2019 Defending champion Scott Patterson was forced to skip the race due to a toe injury suffered recently in training. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Norris, Yeaton fastest racers up Bird Ridge," 18 June 2018 In 2015, his second year, James missed nine games due to a toe injury. Chris Perkins, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dolphins offensive tackles Laremy Tunsil, Ja'Wuan James searching for improvement," 15 June 2018 Looney is dealing with a toe injury and was listed as questionable but Kerr laughed off concerns about his health while speaking with reporters Sunday. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Warriors’ Andre Iguodala Out for Game 7 vs. Rockets," 28 May 2018 When Williams missed time last year with a toe injury, the Ravens struggled mightily to stop the run. Jeff Zrebiec, baltimoresun.com, "Looking at the Ravens' depth chart on defense and special teams," 9 May 2018 The toe injury had kept him from unleashing with the same pop. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Jed Lowrie enjoying resurgence with Athletics," 8 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Replacing his experience will pose a challenge as Houston continues to try and go toe to toe with Golden State in the West. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Grades: Suns Maintain Long-Term Flexibility With Locker Room Addition of Trevor Ariza," 1 July 2018 There are 5,388 people toeing the start line today, and everyone is in a frenzy—waiting impatiently for portable toilets, slurping last-minute gels, shedding layers, filling drop-bags, bouncing around to keep warm on this 10-degree morning. SELF, "The Day We Met We Made a Pact to Finish a 50K Ski Race Together and We Actually Did It," 17 Mar. 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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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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