Definition of on tiptoe (or tiptoes) in US English:

on tiptoe (or tiptoes)

(North American on one's tiptoes)

phrase

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