Nearby words

  1. stent,
  2. stentor,
  3. stentorian,
  4. stentorious,
  5. stentoriously,
  6. step aerobics,
  7. step aside,
  8. step by step,
  9. step change,
  10. step cut

Idioms

Origin of step

before 900; (v.) Middle English steppen, Old English steppan; cognate with Old High German stepfen; akin to stamp; (noun) Middle English; Old English stepe

Related forms
Can be confusedstep steppe

step-

a prefix denoting connection between members of a family by the remarriage of a parent and not by blood: stepbrother.

Origin of step-

Middle English; Old English stēop-; cognate with German stief-, Old Norse stjūp- step-; akin to Old English āstēpan to bereave, bestēpan to deprive (of children)

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British Dictionary definitions for step

step

/ (stɛp) /

noun

verb steps, stepping or stepped


Derived Formssteplike, adjective

Word Origin for step

Old English stepe, stæpe; related to Old Frisian stap, stepe, Old High German stapfo (German Stapfe footprint), Old Norse stapi high rock

Step

/ (stɛp) /

noun

  1. a set of aerobic exercises designed to improve the cardiovascular system, which consists of stepping on and off a special box of adjustable height
  2. (as modifier)Step aerobics

STEP

/ (stɛp) /

n acronym for

Special Temporary Employment Programme

step-

combining form

indicating relationship through the previous marriage of a spouse or parent rather than by bloodstepson; stepfather

Word Origin for step-

Old English stēop-; compare āstӯpan to bereave

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Word Origin and History for step
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Idioms and Phrases with step

step

In addition to the idioms beginning with step

  • step aside
  • step by step
  • step down
  • step in
  • step in the right direction, a
  • step into
  • step into someone's shoes
  • step on it
  • step on someone's toes
  • step out
  • step out of line
  • step up

also see:

  • false step
  • in step
  • (step) out of line
  • take steps
  • watch one's step
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