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  1. (formerly) a lively step used in marching.
  2. music adapted to such a march, or in a brisk march rhythm.
  3. a lively step or combination of steps in ballroom dancing.
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Origin of quickstep

First recorded in 1795–1805; quick + step
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Historical Examples

  • A man who can hold his own with the Wuddars at their quickstep must be sound in wind and limb.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1

    Rudyard Kipling

  • "Message just been signalled from the 'Quickstep,' sir," reported Callaghan.

    The Dreadnought of the Air

    Percy F. Westerman

  • The mark-boat was rounded at the end of the first round by the 'Quickstep' 14 mins.

  • A little orchestra of musicians were reeling off a quickstep.

  • Do you mind very much, Mr. Quickstep, if we sit out the rest of it?

British Dictionary definitions for quickstep


  1. a modern ballroom dance in rapid quadruple time
  2. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
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verb -steps, -stepping or -stepped
  1. (intr) to perform this dance
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