[ step-lad-er ]

  1. a ladder having flat steps or treads in place of rungs.

  2. any ladder, especially a tall one with a hinged frame opening up to form four supporting legs.

Origin of stepladder

First recorded in 1745–55; step + ladder

Words Nearby stepladder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use stepladder in a sentence

  • She was mounted upon a high stepladder, unhooking a picture from the wall when he entered.

  • Ostentatiously he borrowed a stepladder and stretched the cloth across the front of his store, from post to post.

    Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
  • "Get down here, I didn't bring a stepladder," is what she said and I tried to smile, but it's hard to smile when you're kissing.

    Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
  • Fortunately, however, the one nearest the house could be examined with the aid of a friendly stepladder.

  • She broke her leg—fell off the stepladder where she was three days ago.

    Miss Billy Married | Eleanor H. Porter

British Dictionary definitions for stepladder


/ (ˈstɛpˌlædə) /

  1. a folding portable ladder that is made of broad flat steps fixed to a supporting frame hinged at the top to another supporting frame

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