\ 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 After playing with color in a head-to-toe baby pink suit, the Duchess of Cambridge channeled classic royal style for an appearance with Prince William at the Royal Ascot today. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 18 June 2022 The bones of the body are not, however, equally distributed from head to toe. Liam Gravvat, USA TODAY, 17 June 2022 Hosting a roundtable with government ministers, senior civil servants, and the early years sector to talk about early childhood development, a cause close to her heart, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a head-to-toe baby pink suit. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 June 2022 At Alberta Ferretti, there were macramé dresses fizzling out in fringes, and at Altuzarra, supermodel Gigi Hadid was clad in head-to-toe tie-dye. Henrik Lischke, Vogue, 15 June 2022 Lizzo's latest look joins a growing catalog of head-to-toe pink styles. Michelle Lee,, 15 June 2022 The group has responded by cracking down on dissent, shuttering schools for girls and forcing women to cover from head to toe. Washington Post, 13 June 2022 This trio has all the tools needed to achieve a seamless neck-to-toe tan. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 13 June 2022 On Wednesday, June 8, Cardi posted a carousel of photos to her Instagram grid showing a stunning, monochromatic, head-to-toe pink look. Marci Robin, Allure, 9 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 My mother was born more than a century ago, when the Ku Klux Klan ruled rural Alabama, torturing and murdering any Black person who didn’t toe their line. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2022 To some, not really; some prefer to toe the party line and be considered in the know as to what is true and what is not. Michael Polk, Rolling Stone, 11 May 2022 Russians have been be barred from using Instagram as the Kremlin cracks down on social media platforms that do not toe the government's line on its invasion of Ukraine. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 14 Mar. 2022 The platforms must be sure to toe the official line amid subtle shifts in China’s position. Jennifer Conrad, Wired, 4 Mar. 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 27 Jun. 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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