Definition of tippy-toe in English:



  • Walk on the tips of one's toes; tiptoe.

    ‘he tippy-toed around the house’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘When you go into the lion's den, you don't tippy-toe in,’ Ravens coach Brian Billick said.’
    • ‘When I hit the second set of barriers, I actually RAN over them instead of tippy-toeing.’
    • ‘By the time we had passed Pip, Chris & the Gloucester contingent on their way out, and tippy-toed past the four sleepy Lesser Horseshoe bats, we were well into the cave.’
    • ‘They had to tippy-toe about for hours on end before leaping six feet into the air from a standing start.’
    • ‘We have to tippy-toe in and out of our houses because of the muck and dirt on it.’
    • ‘It's hard to tippy-toe around the subject when the subject opens the door, asks you in, gives you a drink, and agrees with everything you say.’
    • ‘I was therefore decidedly nervous as I tippy-toed out of my drive in Autodelta's passport to the next life.’
    • ‘A couple of hours of tippy-toeing around and we'd only covered a distance of maybe twice this room, and all we'd come across was a half dozen planks of wood.’
    • ‘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.’


Late 19th century: alteration of tiptoe.