step out


Definition of step out 

intransitive verb

1 : to go away from a place usually for a short distance and for a short time

2 : to go or march at a vigorous or increased pace

3 : die

4 : to lead an active social life

5 : to be unfaithful usually used with on had been stepping out on his wife

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for step out


cheat, philander, screw around

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of step out in a Sentence

if she catches him stepping out on her, she'll divorce him without a moment's hesitation my greedy relatives are only being nice to me because they expect me to step out any time now

First Known Use of step out

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about step out

Statistics for step out

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for step out

The first known use of step out was circa 1533

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on step out

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with step out

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for step out

Comments on step out

What made you want to look up step out? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a typical or ideal example

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

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