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trying too hard to be something you're not, and using a thinly disguised method to do it; someone who is a phony; an imposter; faker; bullshitter; a charlatan; A person who makes elaborate, fraudulent, and often voluble claims to skill or knowledge; a quack or fraud;
"he ain't nothin' ... he be half steppin'

Afro-American origin; early 1960s; jazz musicians would criticize a player who obviously had no talent or originality, who would try to play "hip" lines on his horn a half step outside of the key, in an attempt to copy master jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. Ex: "he ain't playin' nothin'.... he's just half steppin'.... (i.e., playing musical melodies momentarily a half step out of the key to create harmonic tension resolved by moving back inside the key, a cheap imitation of the real thing).
by Jazz musician October 16, 2013
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similar to frontin , either to half-ass something or to put up a facade ; being fake as hell
I told him I'd beat his ass for fucking my girl! Ain't no half steppin with me. I keep it gangsta.
by sword- July 04, 2004
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not doing a complete job; bullshittin'; opposite of come correct
He was half steppin how he treats his girl. She deserves better.
by Delta Tango June 18, 2003
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You can't just give a shout out to some hoes and expect to make thousands the same night,This aint no half steppin
by GDOGG November 01, 2003
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