Definition of tippy-toe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪpɪtəʊ/


[no object, with adverbial of direction] informal, chiefly US
Walk on the tips of one’s toes; tiptoe: he tippy-toed around the house
More example sentences
  • We have to tippy-toe in and out of our houses because of the muck and dirt on it.
  • The black clouds of despair have lifted from the household as my mood and energy levels have improved, and now my husband doesn't have to tippy-toe around me and do crazy chicken dances to try and cheer me up.
  • The more things stay the same, the more they change - at least in the present analysis of the defending champion Angels, who tippy-toe into the final two months of the season in very familiar surroundings.


on tippy-toe (or tippy-toes)

informal, chiefly US On tiptoe: Kurt was mincing around on tippy-toes
More example sentences
  • ‘I was amazed and delighted and started walking around flat-footed instead of on tippy-toes.’
  • If I stand on tippy-toes, it is just possible to inspect the rubber seal along the top of the door.
  • I grab his collar to pull myself close to him and even on tippy-toes, my mouth doesn't reach his ear.


Late 19th century: alteration of tiptoe.

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