To be, or To stand, a tiptoeor on tiptoe, to be awake or alive to anything; to be roused; to be eager or alert; as, to be a tiptoe with expectation.

(Tip"toe`) a.

1. Being on tiptoe, or as on tiptoe; hence, raised as high as possible; lifted up; exalted; also, alert.

Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.

Above the tiptoe pinnacle of glory.

2. Noiseless; stealthy. "With tiptoe step." Cowper.

Tiptoe mirth, the highest degree of mirth. Sir W. Scott.

(Tip"toe`), v. i. To step or walk on tiptoe.

(Tip"top`) n. [Tip end + top.] The highest or utmost degree; the best of anything. [Colloq.]

(Tip"top`), a. Very excellent; most excellent; perfect. [Colloq.] "Four tiptop voices." Gray. "Sung in a tiptop manner." Goldsmith.

(||Tip"u*la) n.; pl. L. Tipulæ E. Tipulas [L., the water spider, or water spinner.] (Zoöl.) Any one of many species of long-legged dipterous insects belonging to Tipula and allied genera. They have long and slender bodies. See Crane fly, under Crane.

(Tip"u*la*ry) a. [Cf. F. tipulaire.] (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the tipulas.

(Tip"-up`) n. (Zoöl.) The spotted sandpiper; — called also teeter-tail. See under Sandpiper.

(Ti*rade") n. [F., fr. It. tirada, properly, a pulling; hence, a lengthening out, a long speech, a tirade, fr. tirare to draw; of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. tear to redn. See Tear to rend, and cf. Tire

(Tip"staff`) n.; pl. Tipstaff

1. A staff tipped with metal. Bacon.

2. An officer who bears a staff tipped with metal; a constable. Macaulay.

(Tip"sy) a. [Compar. Tipsier ; superl. Tipsiest.] [Akin to tipple; cf. Prov. G. tips drunkenness, betipst drunk, tipsy. See Tipple.]

1. Being under the influence of strong drink; rendered weak or foolish by liquor, but not absolutely or completely drunk; fuddled; intoxicated.

2. Staggering, as if from intoxication; reeling.

Midnight shout and revelry,
Tipsy dance and jollity.

(Tip"toe`) n.; pl. Tiptoes The end, or tip, of the toe.

He must . . . stand on his typtoon [tiptoes].

Upon his tiptoes stalketh stately by.

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