Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A misplaced or awkward step.
  • n. An instance of wrong or improper conduct; a blunder.
  • intransitive v. To make a mistake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a step that is wrong, a false step
  • n. an error or mistake
  • v. to step badly or incorrectly
  • v. to make an error or mistake

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wrong step; an error of conduct.
  • intransitive v. To take a wrong step; to go astray.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wrong or false step.
  • n. A mistake in conduct; an incautious or erroneous act.
  • To make a false step; stumble.
  • To make a mistake; stray.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an unintentional but embarrassing blunder

Etymologies

From mis- +‎ step. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • A mistake in conduct; an incautious or erroneous act.

    January 13, 2010

  • That would be quite a misstake.

    April 8, 2008

  • It's all I can do not to spell this with triple s in the middle.

    April 7, 2008