[ dawr-pohst, dohr- ]
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Origin of doorpost

First recorded in 1525–35; door + post1

Words Nearby doorpost Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use doorpost in a sentence

  • The arrow on the doorpost that the singer sees when the song begins is a sign.

  • Leaning against the doorpost as though dozing, the old woman stared in the direction of the tavern.

    A Sportsman's Sketches | Ivan Turgenev
  • A man was sitting on the steps, leaning against the doorpost.

  • The long mud nest is built upright, often in the angle of a doorpost or panel; and always added to, and entered from, below.

    At Last | Charles Kingsley
  • He left the doorpost, straightened his bowed back, and laid a hand on the wooden latch.

    The Magnetic North | Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • “It would be well to make the effort,” he said gently, looking over his shoulder at her as she leaned against the doorpost.

    The Road to Frontenac | Samuel Merwin

British Dictionary definitions for doorpost


/ (ˈdɔːˌpəʊst) /

  1. another name for doorjamb

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