tiptoe


tiptoe

noun

  1. the tip or end of a toe.

verb (used without object), tip·toed, tip·toe·ing.

  1. to move or go on tiptoe, as with caution or stealth: She tiptoed out of the room.

adjective

  1. characterized by standing or walking on tiptoe.
  2. straining upward.
  3. eagerly expectant.
  4. cautious; stealthy.

adverb

  1. eagerly or cautiously; on tiptoe.

Idioms

  1. 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.

verb -toes, -toeing or -toed (intr)

  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

  1. 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

  1. on tiptoe

adjective

  1. walking or standing on tiptoe
  2. stealthy or silent

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

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