atiptoe [uh-tip-toh] Word Origin adverb, adjective
- standing or walking on (usually used predicatively).
- eagerly expectant, as anticipating a desired event or arrival: waiting atiptoe for the mail.
- moving with caution or stealth, as avoiding calling attention to one’s presence: She walked atiptoe through the sleeping house.
Origin of atiptoe First recorded in 1570–80;+