Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • On tiptoe.
  • Figuratively, in a state of high expectation or eagerness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb On tiptoe; eagerly expecting.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Craigengelt rose, went a-tiptoe to the door, peeped out, shut it carefully, came back again, clapped his tarnished gold-laced hat on one side of his head, took his glass in one hand, and touching the hilt of his hanger with the other, named, “The King over the water.”

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • He made hay of his hair after he said this, and he stood a-tiptoe.

    Somebody's Luggage

  • She came up a-tiptoe and kissed his mouth, then hurried after Brianna, already at the edge of the clearing.

    Drums of Autumn

  • She waited a moment, breathless for him to continue, a-tiptoe to hear him say the magic three words.

    Gone with the Wind

  • She waited a moment, breathless for him to continue, a-tiptoe to hear him say the magic three words.

    Gone with the Wind

  • She waited a moment, breathless for him to continue, a-tiptoe to hear him say the magic three words.

    Gone with the Wind

  • She waited a moment, breathless for him to continue, a-tiptoe to hear him say the magic three words.

    Gone with the Wind

  • She waited a moment, breathless for him to continue, a-tiptoe to hear him say the magic three words.

    Gone with the Wind

  • And I've no doubt it did, to judge by the gasps and sobs and rhythmic pagoda tinklings which pursued me as I fled a-tiptoe for the archway.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • And I've no doubt it did, to judge by the gasps and sobs and rhythmic pagoda tinklings which pursued me as I fled a-tiptoe for the archway.

    Flashman And The Dragon

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