AskDefine | Define toe

Dictionary Definition

toe adj : having a toe or toes of a specified kind; often used in combination; "long-toed"; "five-toed" [syn: toed] [ant: toeless]


1 one of the digits of the foot
2 the part of footwear that provides a covering for the toes
3 forepart of a hoof
4 (golf) the part of a clubhead farthest from the shaft


1 walk so that the toes assume an indicated position or direction; "She toes inwards"
2 drive obliquely; "toe a nail" [syn: toenail]
3 hit (a golf ball) with the toe of the club
4 drive (a golf ball) with the toe of the club
5 touch with the toe

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English , from Germanic *taihwōn. Cognate with Scots tae, Dutch tee, German Zeh, Zehe, Icelandic and Swedish .


  • /təʊ/
  • /t@U/
  • Rhymes: -əʊ
  • Homophones: tow


  1. Each of the five digits on the end of the foot.
  2. An equivalent part in an animal.
  3. That part of a shoe or sock covering the toe.
  4. Something resembling a toe, especially at the bottom or extreme end of something.
    the extreme end of the head of a club.
    the tip of the bat farthest from the handle
  5. An alignment of the wheels of a road vehicle with positive toe (or toe in) signifying that the wheels are closer together at the front than at the back and negative toe (or toe out) the opposite.


Coordinate terms


each of the five digits on the end of the foot
any equivalent part in an animal
  • Danish: tå
  • Finnish: varvas
  • German: Zeh, Zehe
  • Icelandic: tá
  • Japanese: 足指; つま先 qualifier especially end of toe; 蹄 qualifier hoof
  • Russian: палец
  • Slovene: prst
  • Spanish: dedo del pie
  • Swedish: tå
  • West Frisian: tean, tien
part of a shoe or sock covering the toe
something resembling a toe, especially at the bottom or extreme end of something
  • Finnish: kärki
alignment of the wheels of a road vehicle


  1. To touch or tap with the toes.
  2. To mishit a golf ball with the toe of the club.



  • /tu/


  1. closed (esp. as part of a compound verb like toedoen)
    De deur is toe. - The door is closed.
    Doe de deur toe. - Close the door.
  2. adverbial form of the preposition tot; to (as part of daartoe, ertoe, hiertoe, waartoe)
    Het doet er niet toe. - It doesn't matter.


  1. come on!, go on! (used when trying to coax someone into doing something)
    Toe maar!



Extensive Definition

Toes are the digits of the foot of an animal. Many animal species such as cats walk on their toes, and are described as being digitigrade. Humans, and other animals that walk on the soles of their feet, are plantigrade; unguligrade animals are those that walk on hooves at the tips of their toes.
The toes are, from medial to lateral:
  • Big toe (hallux)
  • Index toe
  • Middle toe
  • Fourth toe
  • Little toe (Colloquially known as the pinky toe)


A sprain or strain to the small interphalangeal joints of the toe is commonly called a stubbed toe. A sprain or strain where the toe connects to the foot is called turf toe.


toe in Arabic: أصابع القدم
toe in Welsh: Bys troed
toe in Danish: Tå
toe in German: Zehe (Fuß)
toe in Esperanto: Piedfingro
toe in French: Orteil
toe in Scottish Gaelic: Meur-coise
toe in Korean: 발가락
toe in Icelandic: Tá
toe in Hebrew: אצבעות כף הרגל
toe in Dutch: Teen
toe in Japanese: 爪先
toe in Norwegian: Tå
toe in Pangasinan: Gamet-na-sali
toe in Simple English: Toe
toe in Finnish: Varvas
toe in Swedish: Tå
toe in Tagalog: Daliri sa paa
toe in Võro: Varvas

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