Middle English Dictionary Entry

tō n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

1.
(a) A toe of the human foot; the front or forepart of the foot; also, the feet [quot. a1333]; gret (litel) ~; thomble ~, q.v.; thoume ~, the big toe; tippe ~ [see tip(pe n.(1)]; (b) in phrases denoting the entire length of the body: from hed (top) to ~, from the top to the ~, etc.; bi top and bi ~, bi arm fot and ~, completely; also, in phrases denoting a considerable length of the body: from the nekke to the ~, the brech righte to his ~; (c) in other phrases: at min ~, near to me; on (upon) olde tos, in old age; leiken mid his tos, piken here tos, etc., to be idle; setten forth tos, move; sitten iclight (forclught) uppe here tos, sit crouched over; turnen ~ to the hele, reverse direction;—used fig.; turnen up ~, die; whanne top and ~ togeder is knitte, when the impossible happens, never.
2.
The toe of a bird, an animal, or a devil.
3.
The toe of a shoe; the tip of a root; also, ?part of the base of an altar.
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Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. toe.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc. (sense 1.(a)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. great toe.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc. (sense 1.(a)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. little toe.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc. (sense 1.(a)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. thumb toe.