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

Nowadays, the Brave Blossoms regularly go toe-to-toe with rugby's familiar force, despite Japanese internationals having not yet been granted fully professional status. George Ramsay, CNN, "Japan set to host 'special' World Cup as rugby steps into the unknown," 17 Sep. 2019 Needville edged by Calallen The Blue Jays went toe to toe with 2018 Class 5A Division II semifinalist Corpus Christi Calallen, leading until the fourth quarter of a 20-19 defeat. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend small school notebook: East Bernard continues early stampede," 16 Sep. 2019 To go in there toe-to-toe, slug it out expect to win the game. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders mailbag: With Antonio Brown in rear-view mirror, a return to football questions," 13 Sep. 2019 This week Europe’s dream of going toe to toe with homegrown investment banks in the world’s deepest capital market came to a shuddering end with the capitulation of Deutsche Bank. The Economist, "Deutsche Bank’s retreat ends European hopes of conquering Wall Street," 11 July 2019 Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a pleasant, low-lights, toe-tapping, sit-down experience with soaring Disney music and freaky 3-D effects. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando’s theme parks and their 7 hottest cool spots," 24 June 2019 An overgrowth of dermatophytes like trichophyton can cause issues like athlete's foot, an infection that begins as an itchy, red, and scaly rash that starts between the toes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Yes, You Really Should Wear Shower Shoes in the Gym Locker Room," 12 June 2019 Don’t step on our toes: Higher-ups in the Iowa Democratic Party are chafing somewhat about the Democratic National Committee’s move to pare down the number of presidential candidates, The Gazette’s James Lynch writes. cleveland.com, "UAW, GM resume talks amid nationwide auto worker strike: The Flyover," 17 Sep. 2019 More: As Red Wings begin camp, Steve Yzerman has guys 'really on their toes' Yzerman wants to get to know Larkin and all of the players better before a captain is named. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "What Steve Yzerman wants from the next Detroit Red Wings captain," 13 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Trump Administration, meanwhile, seems to be toeing a similar line. Dalia Hatuqa / Ramallah, Time, "'Less Space to Breathe.' How Palestinians Are Responding to Netanyahu’s West Bank Annexation Plans," 13 Sep. 2019 In carrying out the cull, Johnson blew apart his majority, presumably with the idea of replacing those members in a general election with others who will toe that line. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "Boris Johnson has just taken a huge gamble over Brexit," 3 Sep. 2019 Before his pitcher could toe the rubber again, Pujols heard something from the first-base dugout that incensed him. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Things get testy as Astros fall to Angels," 17 July 2019 Serbian tabloids, who toe the government line and drown out dissenting press in the country, seem to be announcing a new war with Kosovo every other day. Una Hajdari, The New Republic, "The Clinton Administration Did Not Fix the Balkans," 21 June 2019 Scaraffia, a history professor and journalist, was perhaps the most high-profile woman at the Vatican, an avowed feminist who nevertheless toed the line on official doctrine. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Founder, all-female board of Vatican women’s magazine quit," 26 Mar. 2019 Beijing, meantime, regularly obstructs foreign correspondents in China and blocks websites of media who don’t toe the party line. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Justice Department Has Ordered Key Chinese State Media Firms to Register as Foreign Agents," 18 Sep. 2018 McCain’s death will have dramatic implications for his beloved Senate: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint a replacement to McCain’s Senate seat, one who will likely toe the Republican party line more reliably than McCain did. Vox Staff, Vox, "Sen. John McCain dies at 81," 26 Aug. 2018 And those supporters have been willing to punish and fire anyone who doesn't toe the line. Luke Darby, GQ, "Conservative Media Company Accused of Firing Employees for Not Being Pro-Trump Enough," 10 May 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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