• To go too far beyond (a limit); especially, to cross boundaries or exceed norms or conventions.
  • To take a step in which the foot touches ground too far forward.
  • To move with a gait such that the hind foot touches the ground forward of the point where the front foot touches the ground.


  • A gait in which the hind foot touches ground in front of where the front foot touches the ground.
  • A movement in which one oversteps.


  • From Middle English *oversteppen, from Old English ofersteppan, from Proto-Germanic *uberstapjaną ("to step over; overstep"), equivalent to over- + step. Cognate with Dutch overstappen, German Low German överstappen, German überstapfen, überstepfen.

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