\ 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


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

Other Words from toe


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Center Frank Ragnow, who missed 13 games last season with a toe injury, is superb at identifying defenses and putting the other linemen in the right positions. Mason Young, Detroit Free Press, 4 Aug. 2022 Weekly appearances by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers repeatedly made news last season, with Rodgers giving updates on his toe injury and his vaccination status. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 7 July 2022 Outfielder Jake Fraley will miss at least the next few weeks with a toe injury, and outfielder Tyler Naquin is out with a quad injury. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 6 June 2022 And a nagging toe injury has gotten you bad finishes in the local marathon. Mike Kessler, Men's Health, 25 May 2022 Upton suffered a major toe injury on the eve of the 2019 season and hit .215 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs in 63 games. Mike Digiovannastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2022 Jonathan Kuminga is replacing Pacers guard Chris Duarte (toe injury) in the Rising Stars Challenge Friday night at All-Star Weekend in Cleveland. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Feb. 2022 While Baldwin was back in the starting lineup for the first time since Dec. 13, the Panthers still weren't at full strength as Vin Baker Jr. sat out with a lingering toe injury. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 Feb. 2022 King had been a limited participant in practice this week because of a toe injury. Mark Inabinett |, al, 15 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That desire to toe the line between being able to keep her brain on neutral and pushing herself with mind-numbingly stressful gameplay led her to the one game that can really swing either way: The Sims. Ineye Komonibo,, 23 June 2022 The dresses toe the line perfectly between staid school smock and the flamboyant girlishness of Simone Rocha and Cecilie Bahnsen. Zoe Dubno, Vogue, 16 June 2022 The pop star industrial complex of the era shaped Spears into someone who could toe that line. Mekita Rivas, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Feb. 2022 Here are six pieces of gear that will get you ready to toe the starting line with confidence. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 25 June 2015 None of these countries seem worried about how the U.S. will respond to their refusal to toe the line. Andrew Day, The Week, 4 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, Vice News reported that other TikTok stars were being paid to toe the Kremlin’s party line. Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2022 Two independent news outlets who have refused to toe the Kremlin's line following Russia's invasion of Ukraine were forced off the air this week. Paul Best, Fox News, 3 Mar. 2022 Despite that endorsement, the war of words raged on, underscoring the delicate line that liberal artists are still forced to toe. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of toe


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


1660, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for toe


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

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“Toe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for toe


\ 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


toed; toeing

Kids Definition of toe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to touch, reach, or kick with the toes


\ ˈtō How to pronounce toe (audio) \

Medical Definition of toe

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


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