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stepmother

[step-muhth-er]
noun
  1. the wife of one's father by a later marriage.
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Origin of stepmother

before 900; Middle English stepmoder, Old English stēopmōdor. See step-, mother1
Related formsstep·moth·er·ly, adverbstep·moth·er·li·ness, noun
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stepmother

noun
  1. a woman who has married one's father after the death or divorce of one's mother
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Word Origin and History for stepmother

n.

Old English steopmodor; see step- + mother (n.1).

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