Definition of tiptoe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtipˌtō/

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 tiptoes
More 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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Syllabification: tip·toe

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