1. seeking unrestrained pleasure, as by frequenting night clubs, parties, etc.; leading a wild and fast life: a high-stepping young crowd.
  2. (of a horse) moving with the leg raised high.

Origin of high-stepping

First recorded in 1840–50
Related formshigh-step·per, noun
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Examples from the Web for high-stepper

Historical Examples of high-stepper

  • See how they lift their feet, and go along like a high-stepper of a horse.

  • A trick is always so low that a high-stepper can walk right over it.

    Old Gorgon Graham

    George Horace Lorimer

  • It was a pretty good price, but it was a high-stepper, a flyer, a beauty.

    The Golden Censer

    John McGovern

  • We are like a horse that has been trained to be a "high-stepper."

    Humanly Speaking

    Samuel McChord Crothers

  • Our stove was a high-stepper, with long bent legs, and bore its oven on its back as a dromedary his hump.

    A Pioneer Mother

    Hamlin Garland

British Dictionary definitions for high-stepper


  1. a horse trained to lift its feet high off the ground when walking or trotting
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