[dawr-jam, dohr-]


either of the two sidepieces of a doorframe.

Origin of doorjamb

First recorded in 1830–40; door + jamb1
Also called doorpost. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doorjamb

Historical Examples of doorjamb

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for doorjamb



one of the two vertical members forming the sides of a doorframeAlso called: doorpost
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