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[step-fah-th er] /ˈstɛpˌfɑ ðər/
the husband of one's mother by a later marriage.
Origin of stepfather
before 900; Middle English stepfader, Old English stēopfæder. See step-, father
Related forms
stepfatherly, adverb Unabridged
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  • I'm goin' to drop in at the ranch and see you and your stepfather some day.

    Mystery Ranch Arthur Chapman
  • Her stepfather seized her again, and jerked her to a place beside him.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • "The girl will share the same fate as her stepfather," was Weirmarsh's hard response.

    The Doctor of Pimlico William Le Queux
  • The Kid always said that his stepfather was the cause of his "getting off wrong."

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • John remembered what his stepfather told him and practised until he made really fine drawings.

British Dictionary definitions for stepfather


a man who has married one's mother after the death or divorce of one's father
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Word Origin and History for stepfather

Old English steopfæder; see step- + father.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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