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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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  • All she could do was lean against the doorjamb and try to catch her breath.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • A tiny device on the doorjamb, down near the floor, went zzzt!

    Thin Edge Gordon Randall Garrett
  • His hand, resting against the doorjamb, began to quiver and jerk.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • Major Connel was leaning against the doorjamb, a wide grin on his face.

    The Revolt on Venus Carey Rockwell
  • Something came twisting forward to hit the doorframe, it dropped just inside the doorjamb.

    History Repeats George Oliver Smith
  • He cautiously peeked around the doorjamb, playing it up for comic effect.

  • 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
  • While Gilbert leaned up against the doorjamb with emotion, Rousseau took a last peep out of the window.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
  • 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
  • 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
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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