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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
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English tiptoon (plural noun). See tip1, toe
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Examples from the web for tiptoe
  • His erstwhile supporters might have wanted to tiptoe discreetly off his sinking ship.
  • She gestured appropriately wide and high, standing on tiptoe.
  • And everybody, standing on tiptoe, turned towards the part where the unexpected new arrival was announced.
  • He danced with his knees, on tiptoe, hunching his shoulders to his ears.
  • So sweet was his tooth that he would tiptoe up to pine trees and lick their resin, hoping it would taste as treacly as it looked.
  • We cannot tiptoe around anti-social behaviour and bad parenting.
  • They send big cars for you, they tiptoe around you, everything you say is funny and brilliant.
  • They're afraid to let the audience tiptoe out in a sour, pensive or equivocal mood.
  • It was evident that the hour had come for a nomination, and everybody was on the tiptoe of expectation.
  • Visitors can tiptoe through the tulips every spring and watch the thousands of annuals bloom all summer long.
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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