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  1. a wrong step.
  2. an error or slip in conduct; faux pas.
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Origin of misstep

First recorded in 1250–1300, misstep is from the Middle English word missteppen. See mis-1, step


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Related Words

miscue, lapse, indiscretion, blunder, failure, error, gaffe, stumble, fluff, miss, trip, slip, bungle

Examples from the Web for misstep

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  • First to make the misstep is "it" for the time or for next game.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • One misstep and you're liable to get the commissioner killed.

    Spring Street

    James H. Richardson

  • A misstep might precipitate him into the dark waters of the rushing stream.

  • The horses were tired, and a misstep or a stumble would be dangerous.

  • Mrs. Brace's voice had not faltered, although she must have seen the misstep.

    No Clue

    James Hay

British Dictionary definitions for misstep


  1. a false step
  2. an error
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Word Origin and History for misstep


also mis-step, c.1300; see mis- (1) + step (v.). The noun in the figurative sense of "faux pas" is first recorded c.1800; literal sense is from 1837.

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