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[dawr-jam, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌdʒæm, ˈdoʊr-/
either of the two sidepieces of a doorframe.
Also called doorpost.
Origin of doorjamb
First recorded in 1830-40; door + jamb1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for doorjamb
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  • While Gilbert leaned up against the doorjamb with emotion, Rousseau took a last peep out of the window.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
  • Something came twisting forward to hit the doorframe, it dropped just inside the doorjamb.

    History Repeats George Oliver Smith
  • His hand, resting against the doorjamb, began to quiver and jerk.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • The door would not stay closely shut—the doorjamb had sagged a little and the wind kept blowing the door ajar.

    Roughing it De Luxe Irvin S. Cobb
  • And that's to the right of the doorjamb as you enter from the dining room area?

    Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Uncle Bob, now them ladies have gone, won't you please show me them dints you made in the doorjamb?

    The Prodigal Judge Vaughan Kester
  • He cautiously peeked around the doorjamb, playing it up for comic effect.

  • Major Connel was leaning against the doorjamb, a wide grin on his face.

    The Revolt on Venus Carey Rockwell
  • And the switch that is shown in the picture, is it to the right of the doorjamb?

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • A tiny device on the doorjamb, down near the floor, went zzzt!

    Thin Edge Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for doorjamb


one of the two vertical members forming the sides of a doorframe Also called doorpost
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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