[dawr-stop, dohr-]


a device for holding a door open, as a wedge or small weight.
Also called slamming stile, stop. (in a doorframe) a strip or projecting surface against which the door closes.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of doorstop

  • Then he put it on the rim of the chest in such a position that if the lid were to fall it would be stopped by the doorstop.

    The Eyes Have It

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Anne hugged Patricia, and departed for her own room, stumbling over the doorstop as she went out.

British Dictionary definitions for doorstop



a heavy object, wedge, or other device which prevents an open door from moving
a projecting piece of rubber, etc, fixed to the floor to stop a door from striking a wall
informal a very thick book
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