Meaning of tiptoe

tip•toe

Pronunciation: (tip'tō"), [key]
— n., v., adj., adv. -toed, -toe•ing,
—n.
  1. the tip or end of a toe.
  2. With Christmas coming, the children were on tiptoe.
    1. on the tips of one's toes.
    2. expectant; eager:With Christmas coming, the children were on tiptoe.
    3. stealthily; cautiously:The concert had already begun, so he entered the back of the hall on tiptoe.
—v.i.
  1. to move or go on tiptoe, as with caution or stealth: She tiptoed out of the room.
—adj.
  1. characterized by standing or walking on tiptoe.
  2. straining upward.
  3. eagerly expectant.
  4. cautious; stealthy.
—adv.
  1. eagerly or cautiously; on tiptoe.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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