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tip +‎ toe


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


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.
    • Shakespeare
      Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day / Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.
    • Byron
      above the tiptoe pinnacle of glory
  2. Moving carefully, quietly, warily or stealthily, on or as if on the tips of one's toes.
    • Cowper
      with tiptoe step


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.]
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 13, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      We tiptoed into the house, up the stairs and along the hall into the room where the Professor had been spending so much of his time.
    • 1929, Al Dubin (lyrics), Joe Burke (music), “Tiptoe Through the Tulips”, performed by Nick Lucas:
      Tiptoe through the window / By the window, that is where I'll be / Come tiptoe through the tulips with me // Tiptoe from your pillow / To the shadow of the willow tree / And tiptoe through the tulips with me.

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