[dawr-sil, dohr-]

Origin of doorsill

First recorded in 1555–65; door + sill Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for doorsill

Historical Examples of doorsill

  • The Hermit laid a lump of sugar upon the doorsill and stepped back.

  • Drake, standing on the doorsill, had now some eight inches advantage of height.

  • He turned on his heel, kicking off his sabots on the doorsill.

    The Maids of Paradise

    Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers

  • On the doorsill he paused to ask the cabin boy when his ship sailed.

    Beautiful Joe

    Marshall Saunders

  • Every few seconds I stopped and put my head down to the doorsill to listen.

    Beautiful Joe

    Marshall Saunders

British Dictionary definitions for doorsill


  1. a horizontal member of wood, stone, etc, forming the bottom of a doorframe
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