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tiptoe (n.)

late 14c., from tip (n.1) + toe (n.). As an adverb from 1590s; as a verb from 1630s. Related: Tiptoes (late 14c.), also tiptoon; tip-toed. Tippy-toes is from 1820.

updated on February 10, 2014

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Definitions of tiptoe from WordNet
1
tiptoe (v.)
walk on one's toes;
Synonyms: tip / tippytoe
2
tiptoe (n.)
the tip of a toe;
3
tiptoe (adv.)
on tiptoe or as if on tiptoe;
standing tiptoe
4
tiptoe (adj.)
walking on the tips of ones's toes so as to make no noise;
moving with tiptoe steps
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