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stepchild

[step-chahyld] /ˈstɛpˌtʃaɪld/
noun, plural stepchildren.
1.
a child of one's spouse by a previous marriage.
2.
any person, organization, affiliate, project, etc., that is not properly treated, supported, or appreciated:
This agency is the stepchild when appropriations are handed out.
Origin of stepchild
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English stēopcild. See step-, child
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  • You see I'm—I mean I was a stepchild 'long as father was here.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Malone exempted him, he being the sole support of his stepchild.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • Tom Brangwen never loved his own son as he loved his stepchild Anna.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • She not only despised but hated her stepchild from the moment that she saw her.

  • And she had half-a-dozen servants; the tenor's stepchild was wheeled to the Heath now in fine apparel by a competent nurse.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • She had felt more shy than had Mona, about suggesting what her stepchild should call her.

    The Making of Mona Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • Jealousy for her own infant daughter now made her hate her stepchild more and more.

  • It was a stepchild among camps, neither attractive enough to be loved nor disagreeable enough to be hated and reviled.

    A Padre in France George A. Birmingham
  • Well, all the time you and me was in Marcellus's settin'-room that stepchild of his just set and looked at my head.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for stepchild

stepchild

/ˈstɛpˌtʃaɪld/
noun (pl) -children
1.
a stepson or stepdaughter
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