tiptoe2 past tense and past participle tiptoed, present participle tiptoeing [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to walk quietly and carefully on your toes, so that nobody hears you:
His mother tiptoed into the room.
I tiptoed along the corridor.
tiptoe around (something)
to try to avoid dealing with a difficult or embarrassing subject or problem:
They were tiptoeing around the delicate subject of money.
WORD FOCUS: walk WORD FOCUS: walk strollin a relaxed way for pleasure wanderwith no aim or direction stridein a confident or angry way marchsoldiers hikefor long distances in the countryside or the mountains tiptoevery quietly wadethrough water staggerin an unsteady way because you are drunk or injured limpwith difficulty because one leg is painful or injuredwalk ➔ See alsowalk
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.