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[step-muhth-er] /ˈstɛpˌmʌð ər/
the wife of one's father by a later marriage.
Origin of stepmother
before 900; Middle English stepmoder, Old English stēopmōdor. See step-, mother1
Related forms
stepmotherly, adverb
stepmotherliness, noun Unabridged
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  • She was His stepmother, for all they set so much by one Another.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • First I had a stepmother, and then I tried living with a great-aunt, and then I went to work.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
  • After that, Miss Agnes was never friends with her stepmother.

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Then she drove the heifer home 148 and gave the cloth to her stepmother.

  • Then she drove the heifer home, and gave the cloth to her stepmother.

British Dictionary definitions for stepmother


a woman who has married one's father after the death or divorce of one's mother
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Word Origin and History for stepmother

Old English steopmodor; see step- + mother (n.1).

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