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1. A misplaced or awkward step.
2. An instance of wrong or improper conduct; a blunder.
intr.v. mis·stepped, mis·step·ping, mis·steps
To make a mistake.


1. a false step
2. an error



1. a wrong step.
2. an error or slip in conduct.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.misstep - an unintentional but embarrassing blundermisstep - 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"
blooper, blunder, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, pratfall, bloomer - an embarrassing mistake


An act or thought that unintentionally deviates from what is correct, right, or true:
References in classic literature ?
Weaker and weaker became the struggles of them all, when a sudden misstep sent Bulan stumbling headforemost against the stem of a tree, where, stunned, he sank unconscious, at the mercy of the relentless bulls.
Many a man, the victim of a slip or a misstep, has plunged down on of these and met his death.
Enormous granite boulders blocked the way on every hand; deep rifts in the ice threatened to engulf us at the least misstep; and from the north a slight breeze wafted to our nostrils an unspeakable stench that almost choked us.
Thus working his way along, he at length found himself close to a marsh, or what he knew would soon become a marsh, for night had set in some hours before, and he fell by a sudden misstep into a thick, clinging mire.
From tree to tree the agile creatures sprang like flying squirrels, while the cold sweat stood upon my brow as I glimpsed the depths beneath, into which a single misstep on the part of either of my bearers would hurl me.
He could see nothing of his surroundings and felt nothing but the smooth, worn sides and rungs of the ladder down which he felt his way cautiously lest a broken rung or a misstep should hurl him downward.
No more in her spiritual life than in carrying the hundredweights of grain was there a possibility of a misstep or an overbalancing.
The oftener the measure is brought under examination, the greater the diversity in the situations of those who are to examine it, the less must be the danger of those errors which flow from want of due deliberation, or of those missteps which proceed from the contagion of some common passion or interest.
Ollie's second-quarter miss is a function of a "rare execution misstep," Haas said in a Thursday note.
Boards don't always give founders a pass on morals clauses when they misstep very publicly; missteps that can make executives and companies vulnerable.
I've long felt that he had only one public misstep and I was reminded of it when putting together this March-April 2019 issue.
Iqbal also warned the government that it had a free hand for the first 100 days after which the opposition would oppose any misstep.