back stairs


stairs at the back of a house, as for use by servants.
a means of intrigue.

Origin of back stairs

First recorded in 1620–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for back stairs

postern, trapdoor, wormhole

Examples from the Web for back stairs

Historical Examples of back stairs

  • It was then I dressed him in my clothes, and dragged him down the back-stairs to the piece of water.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • With becoming modesty I penetrated to this haven by the back-stairs.

  • “I saw him a little while ago,” said I, wondering if he were then at the foot of the back-stairs.

    Out in the Forty-Five

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • I suppose they use the back-stairs, for I have never seen them.

  • It is just possible that she may have gone down the back-stairs, and be already in the hall.