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[step-fah-th er] /ˈstɛpˌfɑ ðər/
the husband of one's mother by a later marriage.
Origin of stepfather
before 900; Middle English stepfader, Old English stēopfæder. See step-, father
Related forms
stepfatherly, adverb Unabridged
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  • His stepfather had sent him at Easter to a good preparatory school.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • I shall not if by replying I can assist my stepfather to escape from that man's thraldom.

    The Doctor of Pimlico William Le Queux
  • Captain Bellairs had been with us, as usual, but had been sent up to London by my stepfather.

    The Doctor of Pimlico William Le Queux
  • My stepfather urged me to regard the affair as a strict secret.

    The Doctor of Pimlico William Le Queux
  • Have you any idea why your stepfather sent him up to London?

    The Doctor of Pimlico William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for stepfather


a man who has married one's mother after the death or divorce of one's father
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stepfather

Old English steopfæder; see step- + father.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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