[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.

Nearby words

  1. doorplate,
  2. doorpost,
  3. doors,
  4. doorsill,
  5. doorstead,
  6. doorstone,
  7. doorstop,
  8. doorway,
  9. doorwoman,
  10. dooryard

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

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
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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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