or stair-step

[ stair-step ]
/ ˈstɛərˌstɛp /


a step in a staircase.
stairsteps, stairs; a staircase.
a person or thing whose position, status, behavior, or the like suggests the shape or rise of the steps in a staircase: Their six children are stairsteps ranging from ages two to twelve.

verb (used without object), stair·stepped, stair·step·ping.

to occur or move in a regular pattern suggesting the steps of a staircase: housing units stairstepping down the hill to the edge of the lake.


suggesting or resembling the steps of a staircase, as in movement or shape: stairstep progress in improved appliance sales.

Nearby words

  1. staircase phenomenon,
  2. stairhead,
  3. stairlift,
  4. stairmaster,
  5. stairs,
  6. stairway,
  7. stairwell,
  8. stake,
  9. stake a claim,
  10. stake boat

Origin of stairstep

First recorded in 1825–35; stair + step Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019