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EtymologyEdit

From a- +‎ tiptoe.

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AdverbEdit

atiptoe (not comparable)

  1.  On tiptoe.
  2. (by extension) Standing tall.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act IV scene iii:
      This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
      He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
      Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
      And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
  3. (figuratively) Quietly and steadily, as if on tiptoe.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Charlotte Druitt Cole, Runaway Jane:
      And sleep came a-tiptoe from Hushabye Land,
      Shut both Jane's blue eyes, stole the flowers from her hand,
      Then laid her down low on a mossy green bank,
      Where just like a little round bundle she sank.
  4. (figuratively) In a state of anticipation; keenly awaiting and yare.

AdjectiveEdit

atiptoe (not comparable)

  1. Atiptoe.