oversteer

noun
over·​steer | \ ˈō-vər-ˌstir How to pronounce oversteer (audio) \

Definition of oversteer

: the tendency of an automobile to steer into a sharper turn than the driver intends sometimes with a thrusting of the rear to the outside also : the action or an instance of oversteer

Examples of oversteer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Easing off the accelerator persuades the car to rotate and tighten its line neatly, and snapping the throttle shut with enough lateral load can even bring modest oversteer. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 2 Dec. 2021 The second mode is a Drift mode, which sets up the all-wheel-drive system and stability control to allow for some delightful oversteer. David Beard, Car and Driver, 9 Aug. 2021 The second mode is a Drift mode, which sets up the all-wheel-drive system and stability control to allow for some delightful oversteer. David Beard, Car and Driver, 9 Aug. 2021 The second mode is a Drift mode, which sets up the all-wheel-drive system and stability control to allow for some delightful oversteer. David Beard, Car and Driver, 9 Aug. 2021 The second mode is a Drift mode, which sets up the all-wheel-drive system and stability control to allow for some delightful oversteer. David Beard, Car and Driver, 9 Aug. 2021 The second mode is a Drift mode, which sets up the all-wheel-drive system and stability control to allow for some delightful oversteer. David Beard, Car and Driver, 9 Aug. 2021 The first part of the turn is dispatched without drama, but as Moers feeds the power back in, there is a flare of revs, a jolt of oversteer, and the sudden application of some corrective steering lock. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 21 July 2021 Its bespoke Pirelli P-Zero tires grip hard, then break away progressively as the car edges into playful oversteer. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 23 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'oversteer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of oversteer

1936, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About oversteer

Time Traveler for oversteer

Time Traveler

The first known use of oversteer was in 1936

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near oversteer

oversteepen

oversteer

overstep

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for oversteer

Last Updated

5 Dec 2021

Cite this Entry

“Oversteer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversteer. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!