Dictionary.com

ladder

[ lad-er ]
/ ˈlæd ər /
Save This Word!

noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Chiefly British. to get a run, as in a stocking.
to gain in popularity or importance: He laddered to the top of his profession.
QUIZ
IS THIS EIGHTH GRADE VOCAB QUIZ FEASIBLE FOR YOU?
Prove that nothing is amiss with your vocabulary skills by taking this quiz on popular eighth grade vocabulary.
Question 1 of 10
What does the word “confiscate” mean?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of ladder

First recorded before 1000; Middle English ladder(e), Old English hlǣd(d)er; cognate with German Leiter, Dutch leer (also ladder, from Frisian); akin to Gothic hleithra “tent, hut”; originally, “something that slopes or leans”; see also lean1

OTHER WORDS FROM ladder

lad·der·less, adjectivelad·der·like, lad·der·y, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ladder

ladder , latter
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use ladder in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ladder

ladder
/ (ˈlædə) /

noun
a portable framework of wood, metal, rope, etc, in the form of two long parallel members connected by several parallel rungs or steps fixed to them at right angles, for climbing up or down
any hierarchy conceived of as having a series of ascending stages, levels, etcthe social ladder
  1. anything resembling a ladder
  2. (as modifier)ladder stitch
Also called: run mainly British a line of connected stitches that have come undone in knitted material, esp stockings
verb
mainly British to cause a line of interconnected stitches in (stockings, etc) to undo, as by snagging, or (of a stocking) to come undone in this way

Word Origin for ladder

Old English hlǣdder; related to Old High German leitara
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

Other Idioms and Phrases with ladder

ladder

see bottom of the ladder.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
FEEDBACK