See also: tip-toe

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EtymologyEdit

tip +‎ toe

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɪpˌtəʊ/, [ˈtʰɪpˌtʰəʊ̯]
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈtɪpˌtoʊ/, [ˈtʰɪpˌtʰoʊ̯]
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  • Rhymes: -ɪptəʊ

NounEdit

tiptoe (plural tiptoes)

  1. (usually in the plural) The tip of the toe.

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tiptoe (not comparable)

  1. Standing elevated, on or as if on the tips of one's toes.
  2. Moving carefully, quietly, warily or stealthily, on or as if on the tips of one's toes.
    • 1782, William Cowper, Expostulation
      with tiptoe step
    • 1819, Lord Byron, The Prophecy of Dante
      And stole along on tiptoe tread

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VerbEdit

tiptoe (third-person singular simple present tiptoes, present participle tiptoeing, simple past and past participle tiptoed)

  1. To walk quietly with only the tips of the toes touching the ground. [from late 14th C.]

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