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[dawr-step, dohr-]
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  1. a step or one of a series of steps leading from the ground to a door.
  2. British Slang. a thick slice of bread.
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Origin of doorstep

First recorded in 1800–10; door + step
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

stair, brink, verge, run, tread, rest, gradation, rung, notch, round, doorstep, origin, entrance, door, point, outset, start, edge, vestibule, inception

Examples from the Web for doorstep

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  • 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


  1. a step in front of a door
  2. on one's doorstep very close or accessible
  3. informal a thick slice of bread
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verb -steps, -stepping or -stepped (tr)
  1. to canvass (a district) or interview (a member of the public) by or in the course of door-to-door visiting
  2. (of a journalist) to wait outside the house of (someone) to obtain an interview, photograph, etc when he or she emerges
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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.).

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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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