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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 or (dated) bestept or (obsolete) bestope, past participle bestepped or (dated) bestept or (obsolete) bestopen)

  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, [...]