Definition of misstep in English:

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Pronunciation: /misˈstep/ /ˈmisˌstep/


1A clumsy or badly judged step: for a mountain goat, one misstep could be fatal
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  • First, the work was often dangerous and a misstep could quickly be fatal; walk through any old cemetery, you'll see that.
  • I envy her recklessness, the roughness of her unpracticed pirouettes, the occasional clumsy misstep that inspires no apologies.
  • We chose our steps wisely, not wanting to misstep when a slip could prove fatal.
1.1North American A mistake or blunder.
Example sentences
  • The panel called the question of bias one of the most ‘subjective and difficult’ they undertook as they examined the steps and missteps of reporting.
  • That's why he recommends anticipating where things can go wrong and taking steps to prevent missteps.
  • Competition keeps a paper on its toes - but it can also lead to clumsy missteps.
mistake, error, blunder, slip, faux pas, infelicity
informal blooper, boner, flub, slip-up

Words that rhyme with misstep

cep, Dieppe, hep, outstep, pep, prep, rep, schlepp, skep, step, steppe, strep

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Syllabification: mis·step

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