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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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Examples from the web for stepfather
  • His more kindly stepfather was a disabled civil-war veteran.
  • It was difficult to stop thinking about his stepfather.
  • My stepfather has kept a decades-long chronicle of his fake career.
  • He loves the story about a dinner-table conversation early in his experience as a stepfather.
  • Then she asked him if he was in on this with his stepfather.
  • The bride changed her surname to that of her stepfather.
  • It is widely believed that the perpetrator was her stepfather, as she was alone in his care when the incident occurred.
  • His stepfather kept him on a tight allowance which he spent as quickly as he received it.
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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