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

Origin of high-stepping

First recorded in 1840–50
Related formshigh-step·per, noun



verb (used without object), high-stepped, high-step·ping.

to walk or run by raising the legs higher than normal.

verb (used with object), high-stepped, high-step·ping.

to approach or step over by high-stepping.

Origin of high-step

First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for high-stepping

Historical Examples of high-stepping

  • Then he got up and, with grotesque Chinese high-stepping walk, came to him.


    E. F. Benson

  • She knew intuitively who was driving the high-stepping horse.

    The Woodcraft Girls at Camp

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • "Rather a high-stepping young person, I thought," said Bellingham.

  • I must tell you before I forget it about the friend with the high-stepping horses.


    Miranda Eliot Swan

  • I don't want another and I don't want any high-stepping Fifth Avenue dude.

    Making Money

    Owen Johnson