tiptoe

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tip +‎ toe

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tiptoe (plural tiptoes)

  1. (usually plural) The tips of one's toes collectively.

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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

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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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