From Middle English to, from Old English tā, (Mercian) tāhe, from Proto-Germanic *taihwǭ (compare Dutch teen, German Zehe, Swedish tå), from *tīhwaną (“to show, announce”) (compare Old English teōn (“to accuse”), German zeihen (“to accuse, blame”)), from Proto-Indo-European *deyḱ- (“to show”) (compare Hittite [script needed] (tekkuššāi), Latin dīcere (“to say”), digitus (“finger”), Ancient Greek δείκνυμι (deíknumi, “to point out, show”), Sanskrit दिदेष्टि (dídeṣṭi), दिशति (diśáti)).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /təʊ/
- Rhymes: -əʊ
- (US) IPA(key): /toʊ/
Audio (US) (file) Audio (AU) (file)
- Homophone: tow
toe (plural toes)
- Each of the five digits on the end of the foot.
- An equivalent part in an animal.
- That part of a shoe or sock covering the toe.
- Something resembling a toe, especially at the bottom or extreme end of something.
- (dance) An advanced form of ballet primarily for the females, dancing ballet primarily using a Pointe shoe.
- An alignment of the wheels of a road vehicle with positive toe (or toe in) signifying that the wheels are closer together at the front than at the back and negative toe (or toe out) the opposite.
- (engineering) The journal, or pivot, at the lower end of a revolving shaft or spindle, which rests in a step.
- (engineering) A lateral projection at one end, or between the ends, of a piece, such as a rod or bolt, by means of which it is moved.
- (engineering) A projection from the periphery of a revolving piece, acting as a cam to lift another piece.
- (carpentry) The long side of an angled cut.
- (an equivalent part in an animal): hoof
- (each of the five digits on the end of the foot): heel
- (front of the kayak): tail
- (angled cut in carpentry): heel
- (each of the five digits on the end of the foot):
- (each of the five digits on the end of the foot): nail
- (each of the five digits on the end of the foot): foot
- (each of the five digits on the end of the foot): finger
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- To furnish (a stocking, etc.) with a toe.
- To touch, tap or kick with the toes.
- 2010 December 29, Mark Vesty, “Wigan 2 - 2 Arsenal”, in BBC:
- Just five minutes later the turnaround was complete when Arshavin toed the ball through to Bendtner, who slotted into the left corner from close range just before half-time.
- (transitive) To touch or reach with the toes; to come fully up to.
- to toe the mark
- (construction) To fasten (a piece) by driving a fastener at a near-45-degree angle through the side (of the piece) into the piece to which it is to be fastened.
- The framers toed the irregular pieces into the sill.
- (golf) To mishit a golf ball with the toe of the club.
- (referring to the past) then; at that time; at that moment
- Ek het toe nog nie lank in Pretoria gewoon nie.
- I hadn’t lived in Pretoria for long then.
- dan (“then” referring to the present and future)
- (referring to the past) when; as
- Toe ek by my skoonouers kuier, het ons elke dag gebraaide vleis geëet.
- When I stayed at my in-laws’, we had fried meat every day.
- Since “toe” by itself refers always to the past, it is often followed by the simple form of the verb (“present tense”) as in the example above, rather than the perfect. However, verbs that have a preterite use this form.
- wanneer (“when” referring to the present and future)
- (local) to
- Ons gaan skool toe.
- We’re going to school.
- If an article, determiner, or adjective is to precede the noun, the preposition na must be used additionally:
- Ons gaan na die nuwe skool toe.
- We’re going to the new school.
- Ons gaan na die nuwe skool toe.
- adverbial form of tot, found chiefly in compounds
- closed; shut; not open
- Die deur is toe.
- The door is closed.
- Beknopt Nederland-Sarnami Woordenboek met Sarnami Hindoestani-Nederlanse Woordenlijst (in Dutch), Paramaribo: Instituut voor Taalwetenschap, 2002
- (postpositional) adverbial form of
- Het doet er niet toe.
- It doesn't matter.
- after, afterwards
- Hij kreeg nog wat lekkers toe. ― He got something tasty afterwards.
- shut, closed (especially as part of a compound verb like toedoen)
- De deur is toe. — The door is closed.
- Doe de deur toe. — Close the door.
- Oogjes toe. — Eyes closed.
- (rare) A small dam, usually made of logs.
|Inflection of toe (Kotus type 48/hame, k- gradation)|
- to, towards
- up to
- in relation with
- in addition, furthermore
- shut, closed (especially the eyes)
This word is often encountered following a noun phrase and could arguably be said to be a postposition rather than an adverb.
- (eastern) Alternative form of
- Alternative form of
- “toe (II)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
- “toe (III)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
- “toe (I)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929
- “toe (II)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929