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 \ ˈtō-​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 From vocals carried along freely by the accompaniment of rollicking banjo and harmonica to toe-tapping jams and sweetly confident ballads. cleveland, "Live music to return to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on July 4," 30 June 2020 Jambu Women's Shoes is offering shoes for women up to 76 percent off in a range of styles from open-toe sandals to athletic sneakers. NBC News, "Amazon Big Style Sale: Best deals on shoes," 24 June 2020 Do not give the bigots a toe-hold to paint their opponents (unjustly) as wild-eyed traitors and Commies. The Washington Post, "Chatological Humor with Gene Weingarten," 23 June 2020 At least temporarily during the pandemic, some of these stringent beauty standards are being overridden by head-to-toe protective gear donned by flight attendants on some carriers, like Qatar and Emirates. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Attendants Are Finally Being Recognized For Keeping Us Safe," 17 June 2020 Swinging double-toe taps: At the playground, swings are a favorite activity. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, "Try this total-body summer workout inspired by the playground," 16 June 2020 During his time as a gymnast, Black said he was molested during four annual physicals and two visits for toe and ankle injuries. Ed White, Detroit Free Press, "Former University of Michigan gymnast says doctor assaulted him in 1969," 12 June 2020 June is Pride Month, and there are so many ways to show yours — including wearing rainbow from head to toe or even just across your fingernails. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "11 Bold, Bright Rainbow Manicures To Celebrate Pride," 10 June 2020 The shoe brand widely known for equipping Run-DMC with shell-toe sneakers is pledging to economically boost African-American neighborhoods. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Adidas says "it's time to own up to our silence" on racism," 10 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wallace says he has never been pressured to toe any line at Fox, and still enjoys the independence Ailes promised when he was hired. Karl Vick, Time, "“I’m a Contrarian.” Chris Wallace on His Role at Fox News and His First Book," 4 June 2020 Beijing will have to toe the line of capitalizing on ongoing U.S. demonstrations while not drawing attention to its own infamous crackdown, which its state media does not publicly acknowledge. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "As protest roil the U.S., Beijing seizes the moment to call out ‘hypocrisy’," 3 June 2020 While completing a fellowship under renowned foot and ankle surgeon Thomas Clanton in Colorado, Waldrop was part of the team that performed Lacy’s toe fusion surgery during the 2012 offseason. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "Tua Tagovailoa situation the latest career-saving work from Alabama team surgeons," 18 May 2020 Godwin enters a more theatrically competitive city, one of the few in the nation with two major classical troupes, and goes toe to toe with Folger Theatre. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "How do you sell Shakespeare in 2020? The Englishman newly heading a storied D.C. theater has a playbook.," 5 Mar. 2020 As the temperatures have dropped, a new trend has taken a stronghold on street style: luxe turtleneck dresses with hemlines ranging from knee-grazing to toe-grazing, as evidenced by photos one through four below. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "How to Wear the Season’s Best Dress Trend Without Buying a Whole New Wardrobe," 29 Nov. 2019 Persuading fishermen to toe the line could be crucial to the nascent industry’s survival. BostonGlobe.com, "Persuading fishermen to toe the line could be crucial to the nascent industry’s survival. Construction was about to begin on what would have been the first major offshore wind farm in the US until Interior Secretary David Bernhardt," 20 Nov. 2019 Vogueworld Amal Clooney Proves a Good Dress Can Mean Business Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has cultivated a look that managed to toe the line between professional and fashion forward, polished and playful. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Amal Clooney Proves a Good Dress Can Mean Business," 3 Nov. 2019 Mo’unga hacked it forward for Barrett to chase, and the fullback toed it forward again before regathering to score in the right corner. San Diego Union-Tribune, "All Blacks overwhelm Ireland to reach World Cup semifinals," 19 Oct. 2019

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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 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Toe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toe. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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