[ dawr-stop, dohr- ]

  1. a device for holding a door open, as a wedge or small weight.

  2. Also called slamming stile, stop. (in a doorframe) a strip or projecting surface against which the door closes.

  1. a device for preventing a door from striking a wall or an object on a wall, as a small rubber-covered projection.

Origin of doorstop

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; door + stop

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

How to use doorstop in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for doorstop


/ (ˈdɔːˌstɒp) /

  1. a heavy object, wedge, or other device which prevents an open door from moving

  2. a projecting piece of rubber, etc, fixed to the floor to stop a door from striking a wall

  1. informal a very thick book

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