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Definition of "tiptoe" []

  • To walk or move quietly on one's toes. (verb-intransitive)
  • The tip of a toe. (noun)
  • Standing or walking on one's toes. (adjective)
  • Stealthy; wary. (adjective)
  • On one's toes. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tiptoe" in a sentence
  • "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."