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tiptoe

[tip-toh] /ˈtɪpˌtoʊ/
noun
1.
the tip or end of a toe.
verb (used without object), tiptoed, tiptoeing.
2.
to move or go on tiptoe, as with caution or stealth:
She tiptoed out of the room.
adjective
3.
characterized by standing or walking on tiptoe.
4.
straining upward.
5.
eagerly expectant.
6.
cautious; stealthy.
adverb
7.
eagerly or cautiously; on tiptoe.
Idioms
8.
on tiptoe,
  1. on the tips of one's toes.
  2. expectant; eager:
    With Christmas coming, the children were on tiptoe.
  3. stealthily; cautiously:
    The concert had already begun, so he entered the back of the hall on tiptoe.
Origin of tiptoe
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English tiptoon (plural noun). See tip1, toe
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  • And he went quickly back to his chair on tiptoe, followed by Sheridan's puzzled gaze.

    The Turmoil Booth Tarkington
  • She had to go on tiptoe through the shrubbery and out through the church yard.

  • Tess actually went on tiptoe when she passed the house where her schoolmate lay so ill.

  • I forgot all my tatters and stood on tiptoe in the stirrups to overpeer the fence-row.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • They walked round and round each other, seeming almost to tiptoe in their efforts to browbeat.

    In the Brooding Wild Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for tiptoe

tiptoe

/ˈtɪpˌtəʊ/
verb (intransitive) -toes, -toeing, -toed
1.
to walk with the heels off the ground and the weight supported by the ball of the foot and the toes
2.
to walk silently or stealthily
noun
3.
on tiptoe
  1. on the tips of the toes or on the ball of the foot and the toes
  2. eagerly anticipating something
  3. stealthily or silently
adverb
4.
on tiptoe
adjective
5.
walking or standing on tiptoe
6.
stealthy or silent
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Word Origin and History for tiptoe
n.

mid-15c., from tip (n.) + toe. As a verb from 1630s. Related: Tiptoes (late 14c.).

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Idioms and Phrases with tiptoe

tiptoe

see: on tiptoe
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