downstairs

[adverb, noun doun-stairz; adjective doun-stairz]

adverb

to or on a lower floor.

adjective

Also down·stair. pertaining to or situated on a lower floor, especially the ground floor.

noun

(used with a singular verb) the lower floor or floors of a building: The downstairs is being painted.
the stairway designated for use by people descending: Don't try to go up the downstairs.

Nearby words

  1. downsize,
  2. downslide,
  3. downspin,
  4. downspout,
  5. downstage,
  6. downstate,
  7. downstream,
  8. downstroke,
  9. downswing,
  10. downtake

Origin of downstairs

First recorded in 1590–1600; down1 + stair + -s3

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British Dictionary definitions for downstairs

downstairs

adverb

down the stairs; to or on a lower floor

noun

  1. a lower or ground floor
  2. (as modifier)a downstairs room
British informal, old-fashioned the servants of a household collectivelyCompare upstairs (def. 6)
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Word Origin and History for downstairs

downstairs

adv., adj.

1590s, from down (adv.) + stairs (see stair).

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