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[dawr, dohr] /dɔr, doʊr/
a movable, usually solid, barrier for opening and closing an entranceway, cupboard, cabinet, or the like, commonly turning on hinges or sliding in grooves.
a doorway:
to go through the door.
the building, house, etc., to which a door belongs:
My friend lives two doors down the street.
any means of approach, admittance, or access:
the doors to learning.
any gateway marking an entrance or exit from one place or state to another:
at heaven's door.
lay at someone's door, to hold someone accountable for; blame; impute.
leave the door open, to allow the possibility of accommodation or change; be open to reconsideration:
The boss rejected our idea but left the door open for discussing it again next year.
lie at someone's door, to be the responsibility of; be imputable to:
One's mistakes often lie at one's own door.
show someone the door, to request or order someone to leave; dismiss:
She resented his remark and showed him the door.
Origin of door
before 900; Middle English dore, Old English duru door, dor gate; akin to German Tür, Old Norse dyrr, Greek thýra, Latin foris, Old Irish dorus, OCS dvĭrĭ
Related forms
doorless, adjective
half-door, adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for doorless
Historical Examples
  • In niches, or doorless cup-boards; stood curious-looking vases and pots.

  • Back of him was a doorless exit, which gave on to a dark passage.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • By incredible luck no shell came through the doorless openings and rooms behind us; they struck the inner wall and roof.

    The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad Edward John Thompson
  • It has a window without panes, and a doorless doorway, and yet a marvellous structure both in workmanship and usefulness.

  • He told her he was going to demand the girl who lived in the doorless house on the mountain.

    Serbian Folk-lore Anonymous
  • The inner room was doorless, and the outer door was thrown back and dilapidated.

  • Raul dismounted in front of a doorless hut, and began to pull off his corn sack, tugging at the leather thongs and henequen cords.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • When they had last seen it it had been windowless, doorless and the roof at the rear had been but temporarily patched.

  • There was no light nor any sign of life within as they crept silently through the doorless doorway.

    The Oakdale Affair Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • They paused at the foot of a lofty tower, doorless and windowless, with no visible access of any kind.

British Dictionary definitions for doorless


  1. a hinged or sliding panel for closing the entrance to a room, cupboard, etc
  2. (in combination): doorbell, doorknob
a doorway or entrance to a room or building
a means of access or escape: a door to success
(Brit, informal) especially (sport) early doors, at an early stage
lay at someone's door, to lay (the blame or responsibility) on someone
out of doors, in or into the open air
show someone the door, to order someone to leave
See also next door
Word Origin
Old English duru; related to Old Frisian dure, Old Norse dyrr, Old High German turi, Latin forēs, Greek thura
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Word Origin and History for doorless



Middle English merger of Old English dor (neuter; plural doru) "large door, gate," and Old English duru (fem., plural dura) "door, gate, wicket;" both from Proto-Germanic *dur- (cf. Old Saxon duru, Old Norse dyrr, Danish dør, Old Frisian dure, Old High German turi, German Tür).

The Germanic words are from PIE *dhwer- "a doorway, a door, a gate" (cf. Greek thura, Latin foris, Gaulish doro "mouth," Gothic dauro "gate," Sanskrit dvárah "door, gate," Old Persian duvara- "door," Old Prussian dwaris "gate," Russian dver' "a door").

The base form is frequently in dual or plural, leading to speculation that houses of the original Indo-Europeans had doors with two swinging halves. Middle English had both dure and dor; form dore predominated by 16c., but was supplanted by door.

A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of. [Ogden Nash]

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Slang definitions & phrases for doorless
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with doorless
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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