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stepmother

[ step-muhth-er ]
/ ˈstɛpˌmʌð ər /
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noun

the wife of one's father by a later marriage.

Nearby words

stephenson, stephenson, george, stephenville, stepin fetchit, stepladder, stepmother, stepney, stepover, steppage, stepparent, steppe

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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British Dictionary definitions for stepmother

stepmother

/ (ˈstɛpˌmʌðə) /

noun

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

stepmother


n.

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

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