One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A horse which lifts its feet high from the ground in walking and trotting.
2An (ostentatiously) fashionable or attractive person, especially a young woman of this kind. Also (chiefly US): a person who is or aspires to be wealthy or successful; a high-flyer; a social climber.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From high + stepper.
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