[dawr-step, dohr-]


a step or one of a series of steps leading from the ground to a door.
British Slang. a thick slice of bread.

Origin of doorstep

First recorded in 1800–10; door + step Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for doorstep

Contemporary Examples of doorstep

Historical Examples of doorstep

  • When he reached the doorstep, Sidney was demurely seated and quite alone.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Sidney sat down on the doorstep, and the boy dropped at her feet.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • His trusty sword, in its steel scabbard, strikes clanking on the doorstep.

    Main Street

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • They wrangled on the doorstep until it was late, but she would not yield to him.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Josie was lingering on the doorstep in an agony of untrained coquetry.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for doorstep



a step in front of a door
on one's doorstep very close or accessible
informal a thick slice of bread

verb -steps, -stepping or -stepped (tr)

to canvass (a district) or interview (a member of the public) by or in the course of door-to-door visiting
(of a journalist) to wait outside the house of (someone) to obtain an interview, photograph, etc when he or she emerges
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for doorstep

1810, from door + step (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with doorstep


see under at one's door (on one's doorstep).

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