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 \ -​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 Instructors go over the proper way to sit behind the wheel and where to look, as well as how to best employ your toes and fingers. Wired, "To Train Foreign Service Agents, You Must Build a Fake Town," 26 Nov. 2019 At the end of a year that saw musicians like Niall Horan and Ed Sheeran gingerly dip their toes into other languages, Coldplay have responded: Hold my European beer. Mark Kennedy, Houston Chronicle, "Review: Coldplay turn their back on arena pop-rock," 26 Nov. 2019 Even while there's a lot of volatility in the market, more investors--including money management giant Fidelity Investments--are dipping their toes into bitcoin trading. Evelina Nedlund, CNN, "Bitcoin hits a speed bump, reaches lowest level in six months," 26 Nov. 2019 The drink even became a rite of passage for many as several visitors have donated their own toes to the bar. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Creator of the Sourtoe Cocktail Dies, Donates His Toes to Bar to Keep Creepy Drink Tradition Going," 18 Nov. 2019 The reopening of the El Paso store also comes as Walmart has dipped its toe into the gun debate. Washington Post, "Walmart where man killed 22 reopens amid increased security," 15 Nov. 2019 Edna Chavez began to dip her toe into activism following the 2016 presidential election, starting with voter registration and door knocking around her neighborhood in South Central LA. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Seventeen's 2019 Voices of the Year: 11 Young People Who are Changing the World," 15 Nov. 2019 Just think of how plush and lovely that would feel between your toes! Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "This Sloth Rug Is So Cute It’s Making Me Mad," 13 Nov. 2019 Also look for a 50/50 raffle and music to keep your toes tapping. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Central Carroll: Humane Society holding Tails at Twilight fundraiser," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gone are the days of gingerly tip-toeing over sewer grates in kitten heels to catch a cab or plodding in boots from the bodega to my apartment a block away. Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: My Vionic Clogs," 27 Nov. 2019 Her matte lip shade—toeing the line between a bold Bordeaux and a deep crimson—was painted on a canvas of clean skin, and acted as the ultimate accent for her high voltage glam gown. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Beyoncé Just Wore the Ultimate Holiday Party-Ready Lip Color," 18 Nov. 2019 More recently, Sawyer wandered away when bagger Lindsay and I shuffle-heel-toed together in the produce section at the grocery store. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Yes, I talk to strangers. It makes me feel good (and embarrasses my kid)," 16 Nov. 2019 The Raiders can say the refs gave the Packers a gift TD on a 16-yard pass play just before halftime, wideout Jake Kumerow tip-toeing the sidelines to score. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Junkyard dog Raiders bite themselves on the foot," 20 Oct. 2019 On the field, Jordan Brown toed the starting line of a 40-yard stretch of artificial turf. Oliver Staley, Quartz at Work, "How the NFL separates good from great when evaluating talent," 24 Oct. 2019 Opposite Wainwright will be future hall-of-famer Max Scherzer toeing the rubber and trying to put the Nationals in a commanding position heading back home for Game 3. Tim Brown, oregonlive, "St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals in Game 2: MLB playoffs live score updates, TV channel, how to watch NLCS free online," 12 Oct. 2019 Abolishing the exemption only for religious groups that do not toe the progressive line would be an outrageous oppression of church by state. The Editors, National Review, "Beto Proposes to Oppress Church with State," 11 Oct. 2019 Staunchly partisan voters encourage elites to toe the party line and use more inflammatory language. Eric Schickler, The Conversation, "Investigations usually hurt a president’s public reputation – but Trump isn’t usual," 8 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'toe.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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

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

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Last Updated

3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Toe.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toe. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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