Definition of tiptoe in US 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 carpet felt scratchy beneath my blistered feet, so I tiptoed all the way to the door.’
    • ‘Her feet tiptoed on the wooden floor, and her eyes concentrated on the window in front of her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The floor creaked beneath me, and I resorted to tiptoeing very quietly across the floor to the door.’
    • ‘She spoke with an accent, ate her rice with a spoon, and tiptoed carefully over puddles.’
    • ‘With extreme carefulness, Sam tiptoed to the lowest kitchen cupboard and opened it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Models tiptoed along in wedge heels and stilettos, and posed in front of giant propeller fans.’
    • ‘She pulled off her shoes and walked carefully down the hall, tiptoeing.’
    • ‘Then I opened it wide enough for us to slide out and tiptoed across the hall to the storage closet.’
    • ‘She got up and carefully tiptoed to her dresser, where the present rested on top.’
    • ‘She tiptoed carefully to the mass of captured men, praying that none of them would wake.’
    • ‘When we finally got there, after tiptoeing around carefully, Belladonna eased the door open.’
    • ‘She pulled her hair back and slowly, as quietly as possible, tiptoed down the stairs.’
    • ‘Cooper tiptoes around the gorilla on the sofa for most of his book.’
    • ‘She tiptoed quietly to her room down the hall and opened the door; she looked around.’
    • ‘Careful not to awaken John, she quietly got out of bed and tiptoed to the kitchen.’
    • ‘Carefully tiptoeing around the edge, he finally touched the bookshelf.’
    creep, sneak, slink, slip, slither, slide, glide, sidle, slope, edge, move furtively, pussyfoot, pad, prowl
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    1. 1.1tiptoe 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’
      ‘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.’

Pronunciation

tiptoe

/ˈtɪpˌtoʊ//ˈtipˌtō/