Definition of tiptoe in English:

tiptoe

verb

  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction Walk quietly and carefully with one's heels raised and one's weight on the balls of the feet.

    ‘Liz tiptoed out of the room’
    • ‘The actors were all in a circle, warming up as we quietly tiptoed into the room.’
    • ‘The carpet felt scratchy beneath my blistered feet, so I tiptoed all the way to the door.’
    • ‘She pulled off her shoes and walked carefully down the hall, tiptoeing.’
    • ‘The floor creaked beneath me, and I resorted to tiptoeing very quietly across the floor to the door.’
    • ‘When Monty is on the tee, some guy in a black jump suit and mask tiptoes out and narrows the fairways, shrinks the cups and puts rattlesnakes in the bunkers.’
    • ‘‘Sleep well,’ she whispered before tiptoeing quietly out of the room.’
    • ‘With extreme carefulness, Sam tiptoed to the lowest kitchen cupboard and opened it.’
    • ‘She tiptoed quietly to her room down the hall and opened the door; she looked around.’
    • ‘Essentially a queer comedy about something that took place in real life, the film tiptoes around the problem of being a woman in a man's body.’
    • ‘When we finally got there, after tiptoeing around carefully, Belladonna eased the door open.’
    • ‘She tiptoed carefully to the mass of captured men, praying that none of them would wake.’
    • ‘Careful not to awaken John, she quietly got out of bed and tiptoed to the kitchen.’
    • ‘She got up and carefully tiptoed to her dresser, where the present rested on top.’
    • ‘She spoke with an accent, ate her rice with a spoon, and tiptoed carefully over puddles.’
    • ‘Her feet tiptoed on the wooden floor, and her eyes concentrated on the window in front of her.’
    • ‘Carefully tiptoeing around the edge, he finally touched the bookshelf.’
    • ‘Then I opened it wide enough for us to slide out and tiptoed across the hall to the storage closet.’
    • ‘Models tiptoed along in wedge heels and stilettos, and posed in front of giant propeller fans.’
    • ‘Cooper tiptoes around the gorilla on the sofa for most of his book.’
    • ‘She pulled her hair back and slowly, as quietly as possible, tiptoed down the stairs.’
    creep, sneak, slink, slip, slither, slide, glide, sidle, slope, edge, move furtively, pussyfoot, pad, prowl
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    1. 1.1tiptoe 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’

Phrases

  • on tiptoe (or 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’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘I looked up at him, standing on my tiptoes to kiss him.’
      • ‘I still had to lean on my tiptoes because my heels and arches were cut and scraped to hell.’
      • ‘I grinned at him and stood on my tiptoes, kissing his check.’
      • ‘I shook my head slightly and stood up on my tiptoes and kissed him hard.’
      • ‘Since he decided to be difficult and let me do all the work, I stood up on my tiptoes and kissed him.’
      • ‘She stood up on her tiptoes and kissed me on the lips.’
      • ‘She raised herself up on her tiptoes and gave him a kiss.’
      • ‘I grinned up at him, standing on my tiptoes to plant kisses all over his face.’
      • ‘She stepped closer and raised herself on her tiptoes to kiss his cheek.’

Pronunciation

tiptoe

/ˈtɪptəʊ/