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[step-er] /ˈstɛp ər/
a person or animal that steps, especially a horse that lifts its front legs high at the knee.
Informal. a dancer.
Origin of stepper
First recorded in 1825-35; step + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Any number may take part in the sport, and in turn act as stepper.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • See Empson yourself; he will put my stepper Mab to the light trap; no delay.

  • He told somebody the next day that Andrew Brewster had a stepper of a daughter, but he did not give his reasons for the statement.

    The Portion of Labor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Even now, stepper, after being here a year, he actually doesn't realize the importance of Jimsy's getting signed up to play.

    Play the Game! Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Once, a couple of years ago, stepper noticed that he was limping, and he made him go to see the doctor.

    Play the Game! Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • "You know that stepper will give me letters and telegraph ahead to the train people," said Honor.

    Play the Game! Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • It did not seem to her that she could ever meet any one's eyes again—kind Mrs. King's, Carter's—her dear stepper's.

    Play the Game! Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • He was still a rather high, though slow, stepper—the latter from fixed preference.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The stepper will step high and be absurdly careful not to kick over one of the cups, for wet feet would probably be the result.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
British Dictionary definitions for stepper


a person who or animal that steps, esp a horse or a dancer
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