misstep

[ mis-step ]
/ mɪsˈstɛp /

noun

a wrong step.
an error or slip in conduct; faux pas.

Origin of misstep

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

misstep

/ (ˌmɪsˈstɛp) /

noun

a false step
an error
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Word Origin and History for misstep

misstep


v.

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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