sidestep

[ sahyd-step ]
/ ˈsaɪdˌstɛp /

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

to step to one side.
to evade or avoid a decision, problem, or the like.

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

to avoid or dodge by stepping aside.
to evade or avoid (a decision, problem, or the like).

QUIZZES

BEAT THE DOLDRUMS WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

We know you’ll tackle this quiz totis viribus! See how many words from the week of Oct 12–18, 2020 you get right!
Question 1 of 7
What does “Indigenous” mean?

Origin of sidestep

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05

OTHER WORDS FROM sidestep

sidestepper, noun

Definition for sidestep (2 of 2)

side step

noun

a step to one side, as in dancing, skiing, or boxing.

Origin of side step

First recorded in 1840–50
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for sidestep

British Dictionary definitions for sidestep

sidestep
/ (ˈsaɪdˌstɛp) /

verb -steps, -stepping or -stepped

to step aside from or out of the way of (something)
(tr) to dodge or circumvent

noun side step

a movement to one side, as in dancing, boxing, etc

Derived forms of sidestep

sidestepper, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012