verb (tiptoes, tiptoeing, tiptoed)[no object]
1Walk quietly and carefully with one’s heels raised and one’s weight on the balls of the feet: Liz tiptoed out of the room
More example sentences
- Carefully tiptoeing around the edge, he finally touched the bookshelf.
- The actors were all in a circle, warming up as we quietly tiptoed into the room.
- ‘Sleep well,’ she whispered before tiptoeing quietly out of the room.
1.1 (tiptoe around) Carefully avoid discussing or dealing with (a difficult or sensitive subject): he admits he has never been one to tiptoe around controversial issues
on tiptoe (or tiptoes , also on one's tiptoes)
- With one’s heels raised and one’s weight on the balls of the feet, especially in order to move quietly or make oneself taller: Jane stood on tiptoe to kiss him the children danced on their tiptoesMore example sentences
- She stepped closer and raised herself on her tiptoes to kiss his cheek.
- She raised herself up on her tiptoes and gave him a kiss.
- ‘Mmm hmm,’ I said, ruffling it playfully like I had when we were kids, then standing on my tiptoes and kissing him lightly on the lips.
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