AskDefine | Define misstep

Dictionary Definition

misstep n : an unintentional but embarrassing blunder; "he recited the whole poem without a single trip"; "he arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later"; "confusion caused his unfortunate misstep" [syn: trip, trip-up, stumble]

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From mis- + step


  1. a step that is wrong
    On a high ledge, a misstep could be fatal.
  2. an error or mistake
    His comment was a misstep that could cost him.


a step that is wrong
an error or mistake


  1. to step badly or incorrectly
    My dance partner misstepped and landed on my toe.
  2. to make an error or mistake
    I don't want to misstep; is this the right way?


to step badly or incorrectly
to make an error or mistake

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

balk, bevue, bloomer, blooper, blunder, error, false move, false step, faux pas, gaffe, goof, howler, inadvertence, inadvertency, indiscretion, lapse, lapsus calami, lapsus linguae, loose thread, miscue, mistake, omission, oversight, slip, slipup, stumble, trip, wrong step
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