quick·​step | \ ˈkwik-ˌstep How to pronounce quickstep (audio) \

Definition of quickstep

: a spirited march tune usually accompanying a march in quick time

Examples of quickstep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Johnson slipped during the couple's quickstep routine, but the pair kept their energy up, with Siwa throwing out a big smile for the cameras. Nick Romano, EW.com, 21 Sep. 2021 Siwa and Johnson took to the DWTS stage in bedazzled, neon colored bustiers and purple pleated pants for their quickstep number, which saw the women bursting with energy across the dance floor. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 21 Sep. 2021 For example, AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke have already danced the jive, foxtrot, quickstep, cha-cha, waltz, samba, and tango during previous weeks, so each of those dance styles will be off the table. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, 30 Oct. 2020 Hey, that's Len Goodman explaining how to dance the quickstep! Lynette Rice, EW.com, 29 Sep. 2020 Carrie Ann thinks Jesse’s intensity and enthusiasm caused the refinement of the quickstep to get away from him a little bit. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, 15 Sep. 2020 Other than the quickstep, samba is definitely one of the hardest dances to learn in 1 week during the season. Jenna Johnson, PEOPLE.com, 15 Oct. 2019 Karina Smirnoff just performed a quickstep into motherhood! Christina Dugan, PEOPLE.com, 1 Apr. 2020 Pic by @jilliangoulding Slater, who was teaching Van Der Beek a quickstep for this week of the competition, said their dance was perfectly timed to the exciting announcement. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, 8 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of quickstep

circa 1811, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of quickstep was circa 1811

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“Quickstep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quickstep. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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