[ step-dans, -dahns ]

  1. a dance in which the steps are the most important characteristic, specifically a solo dance with intricate, vigorous steps, often performed with the hands kept in the pockets.

Origin of stepdance

First recorded in 1885–90; step + dance

Other words from stepdance

  • stepdancer, noun
  • stepdancing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stepdance in a sentence

  • Orth'ris began rowlin' his eyes an' crackin' his fingers an' dancin' a step-dance for to impress the Headman.

    Soldier Stories | Rudyard Kipling
  • Each half-verse exhibits three rhythmical beats answering to the beat of a three-step dance.

  • I have heard him tell of Evelyn Law, that when she first came to the studio she exhibited a tap and step dance as her specialty.

  • Young people of both sexes were very fond of getting him to do a step-dance or sing a song.

    The Shellback's Progress | Walter Runciman
  • A born musician, he could play on almost any instrument, sing comic songs, and step-dance as well as any professional.

    The Shellback's Progress | Walter Runciman

British Dictionary definitions for step dance

step dance

  1. a dance in which a display of steps is more important than gesture or posture, esp a solo dance

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