Definition of tiptoe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪptəʊ/

verb (tiptoes, tiptoeing, tiptoed)

[no object, with adverbial of direction]
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 round/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) (North American 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
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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