See also: tip-toe
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɪpˌtəʊ/, [ˈtʰɪpˌtʰəʊ̯]
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈtɪpˌtoʊ/, [ˈtʰɪpˌtʰoʊ̯]
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- Rhymes: -ɪptəʊ
tiptoe (plural tiptoes)
- (usually in the plural) The tip of the toe.
tips of one's toes
tiptoe (not comparable)
- Standing elevated, on or as if on the tips of one's toes.
- c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene v]:
- Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.
- Moving carefully, quietly, warily or stealthily, on or as if on the tips of one's toes.
- To walk quietly with only the tips of the toes touching the ground. [from late 14th C.]
- 1884 December 10, Mark Twain [pseudonym; Samuel Langhorne Clemens], chapter II, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade) […], London: Chatto & Windus, […], OCLC 458431182, page 8:
- We went tip-toeing along a path amongst the trees back towards the end of the widow's garden, stooping down so as the branches wouldn't scrape our heads.
to walk quietly