stepfather

[step-fah-th er]
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noun

the husband of one's mother by a later marriage.

Nearby words

  1. stepchild,
  2. stepdame,
  3. stepdance,
  4. stepdaughter,
  5. stepfamily,
  6. stepford,
  7. stephanie,
  8. stephanion,
  9. stephanite,
  10. stephanotis

Origin of stepfather

before 900; Middle English stepfader, Old English stēopfæder. See step-, father

Related formsstep·fa·ther·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for stepfather

stepfather

noun

a man who has married one's mother after the death or divorce of one's father
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Word Origin and History for stepfather

stepfather

n.

Old English steopfæder; see step- + father.

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