American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To walk or move quietly on one's toes.
- n. The tip of a toe.
- adj. Standing or walking on one's toes.
- adj. Stealthy; wary.
- adv. On one's toes.
- adv. Stealthily; warily.
- idiom. on tiptoe Full of anticipation; eager: The children were on tiptoe before the birthday party.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The tip of a toe: used in the plural, with reference to posture or movement on the ends (balls) of the toes of both feet, literally or figuratively.
- n. The ends of the toes collectively; the forward extremity of the foot, or of the feet jointly: in the phrase on tiptoe (a tiptoe), indicating cautious or mincing movement, or a stretching up to the greatest possible height: also used figuratively.
- To go or move on the tips of the toes, or with a mincing gait, as from caution or eagerness.
- On tiptoe, literally or figuratively.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The end, or tip, of the toe.
- adj. Being on tiptoe, or as on tiptoe; hence, raised as high as possible; lifted up; exalted; also, alert.
- adj. Noiseless; stealthy.
- v. To step or walk on tiptoe.
- adj. walking on the tips of ones's toes so as to make no noise
- v. walk on one's toes
- adv. on tiptoe or as if on tiptoe
- n. the tip of a toe
- From tip. (Wiktionary)
“Horses walk on tiptoe, literally, unlike us when we walk on what we call tiptoe.”
“The Leads are a greate many stepps up on the top, a Large Cupilow of windows, and ye walls round ye Leads are so high a person of a middle stature Cannot Look over them scarce when on tiptoe, which is a Greate Lessening of its beauty wch would give a Large prospect round of the Country of 10 or 12 miles off.”
“A top Federal Reserve official blasted the Senate's financial reform bill Thursday night, arguing that it does little to end the perception that megabanks are too big to fail while lambasting the regulators and policymakers who "tiptoe" around financial behemoths and who have fostered the growth of "indestructible" large banks.”
“And for what it's worth, I think the same things, but when sharing these thoughts with other people I do indeed try to "tiptoe", because I'm not just trying to share my thoughts -ultimately I'd like to persuade or at least challenge, make others reconsider and I think that's a lot easier with a more gentle form.”
“Contrast that with the reaction to someone who isn't so socially skilled: "When he is in a bad mood, we kind of tiptoe around him.”
“Plus, of course, Lieberman doesn't "tiptoe" around the war issue - he actually supports the war in Iraq - still!”
“Mr. Tiku is also starting to "tiptoe" into the iShares MSCI BRIC exchange-traded fund as emerging markets "have gotten decimated.”
“The best way from the environmental perspective would be to kind of tiptoe into climate intervention: ramping it up gradually so if bad things started happening you could ramp it back down again.”
“Hulse last week called the proposed ordinance a way to "tiptoe" into tree management measures.”
“These aren't exhibition games where you can come in and just kind of tiptoe your way in.”
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