Definition of quickstep in English:

quickstep

noun

  • 1A dance similar to a fast foxtrot.

    • ‘She breathed a sigh of relief as the orchestra finished the quickstep they'd been playing.’
    • ‘An excellent dance band is playing quicksteps to a large elegant room built for hundreds but tonight seating fewer than a dozen.’
    • ‘While an eight-piece orchestra will play waltzes, foxtrots, and quicksteps at the Atrium, the poolside will have a brand new band from Europe.’
    • ‘Played at a quickstep tempo, the dirge was at once transformed into a jaunty, comic, oompah version of the Scottish anthem.’
    • ‘Rhythmically vigorous - as fiddle tunes and quicksteps are - with never a wasted note, it gets your body moving or your grin going.’
    1. 1.1 A piece of music written for a quickstep.
  • 2A step used when marching in quick time.

    • ‘They wore sombre uniforms, with grey-blue trousers rather than the red of the line, drilled at the quickstep, used bugles rather than drums to transmit orders, and wore the hunting-horn badge.’
    • ‘By creating its own elaborate patriotic ballads, many of which were in fact adapted from popular operas of the day, Saxton's band quickly became famous for its quickstep marches throughout Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Dance the quickstep.

    • ‘Space on the night will be limited to leave room for the brave to foxtrot and quickstep.’
    • ‘Lifelong dancing partners are quickstepping it out of Bolton to teach salsa in the sun.’
    • ‘Mr. Harris, who still lectured part-time in chemistry and statistics at Huddersfield University after his retirement, had taught hundreds of people to waltz and quickstep during years running a dance club as a hobby.’
    • ‘They married 18 months later and would quickstep together in what is now the new home of Tanwood, the old scout hall.’
    • ‘Mention ballroom dancing and most people think of smiling couples dressed in designer suits and glitzy dresses waltzing, quickstepping and foxtrotting across the hardwood.’
    • ‘When I feinted to my left, he quickstepped to his right, gaze locked with mine.’
    • ‘‘They have a dance floor in here,’ she told me a bit of awe on her face as she watched a couple quickstep across the middle of the restaurant that was made to look like a villa courtyard.’

Pronunciation

quickstep

/ˈkwɪkstɛp/