stepladder

[step-lad-er]
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noun

a ladder having flat steps or treads in place of rungs.
any ladder, especially a tall one with a hinged frame opening up to form four supporting legs.

Nearby words

  1. stephens, james,
  2. stephenson,
  3. stephenson, george,
  4. stephenville,
  5. stepin fetchit,
  6. stepmother,
  7. stepney,
  8. stepover,
  9. steppage,
  10. stepparent

Origin of stepladder

First recorded in 1745–55; step + ladder

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British Dictionary definitions for stepladder

stepladder

noun

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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Word Origin and History for stepladder

stepladder

n.

one with steps instead of rungs, 1751, from step (n.) + ladder.

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