/ (ˈstɛpˌfəd) /

adjective informal, derogatory

blandly conformist and submissivea Stepford employee


Stepford wife a married woman who submits to her husband's will and is preoccupied by domestic concerns and her own personal appearance

Word Origin for Stepford

C20: from The Stepford Wives (1972), a book by US writer Ira Levin which depicted a neighbourhood in which men turn their wives into placid and obedient robots
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