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From Middle English bisteppen, from Old English besteppan (to tread upon, step, go, enter), from Proto-Germanic *bistapjaną (to enter), equivalent to be- +‎ step. Cognate with Dutch bestappen.


bestep (third-person singular simple present besteps, present participle bestepping, simple past bestepped, bestept (dated), or bestope (obsolete), past participle bestepped, bestept (dated), or bestopen (obsolete))

  1. (transitive) To step on; step over, tread upon.
    • 1966, State University of New York College at Fredonia. Dept. of English-Speech, Drama and theatre:
      And also it is using non-necessary spiritual attentions, because we see the dog in the way and we say "excuse me," and we notify a piddle in the street and we are worried not to bestep it.
  2. (intransitive) To step; take steps; walk; go.
    • 1919, Daniel Leavens Cady, Rhymes of Vermont rural life:
      One wintry day up drove the stage And out bestepped Miss Nancy Page, [...]