Tiptoe vs Stride - What's the difference?

tiptoe | stride |

As verbs the difference between tiptoe and stride

is that tiptoe is to walk quietly with only the tips of the toes touching the ground while stride is .

As a noun tiptoe

is the tips of one's toes collectively.

As an adjective tiptoe

is standing elevated, on or as if on the tips of one's toes.



(wikipedia tiptoe)

Alternative forms

* tip-toe * tippytoe, tippy-toe


(en noun)
  • The tips of one's toes collectively.
  • Derived terms

    * on tiptoe


  • Standing elevated, on or as if on the tips of one's toes.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day / Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.
  • * Byron
  • above the tiptoe pinnacle of glory
  • Moving carefully, quietly, warily or stealthily, on or as if on the tips of one's toes.
  • * Cowper
  • with tiptoe step


  • To walk quietly with only the tips of the toes touching the ground.
  • *, chapter=13
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=We tiptoed into the house, up the stairs and along the hall into the room where the Professor had been spending so much of his time.}}



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


  • To walk with long steps.
  • * Dryden
  • Mars in the middle of the shining shield / Is graved, and strides along the liquid field.
  • To stand with the legs wide apart; to straddle.
  • To pass over at a step; to step over.
  • * Shakespeare
  • a debtor that not dares to stride a limit
  • To straddle; to bestride.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I mean to stride your steed.
    Usage notes
    * The past participle of (term) is extremely rare and mostly obsolete. Many people have trouble producing a form that feels natural. Language Log][http://www.languagehat.com/archives/003282.php Language Hat

    Etymology 2

    See the above verb.


    (en noun)
  • A long step.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1907, author=
  • , title=The Dust of Conflict , chapter=7 citation , passage=Still, a dozen men with rifles, and cartridges to match, stayed behind when they filed through a white aldea lying silent amid the cane, and the Sin Verguenza swung into slightly quicker stride .}}
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=November 10 , author=Jeremy Wilson , title= England Under 21 5 Iceland Under 21 0: match report , work=Telegraph citation , page= , passage=An utterly emphatic 5-0 victory was ultimately capped by two wonder strikes in the last two minutes from Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner. Before that, England had utterly dominated to take another purposeful stride towards the 2013 European Championship in Israel. They have already established a five-point buffer at the top of Group Eight. }}
  • (computing) The number of memory locations between successive elements in an array, pixels in a bitmap, etc.
  • * 2007 , Andy Oram, Greg Wilson, Beautiful code
  • This stride value is generally equal to the pixel width of the bitmap times the number of bytes per pixel, but for performance reasons it might be rounded
  • A jazz piano style of the 1920s and 1930s. The left hand characteristically plays a four-beat pulse with a single bass note, octave, seventh or tenth interval on the first and third beats, and a chord on the second and fourth beats.
  • Derived terms
    * bestride * * take something in stride * get into one's stride * strides (qualifier)


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