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[step-muhth-er] /ˈstɛpˌmʌð ər/
the wife of one's father by a later marriage.
Origin of stepmother
before 900; Middle English stepmoder, Old English stēopmōdor. See step-, mother1
Related forms
stepmotherly, adverb
stepmotherliness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stepmother
  • She enjoys being in the kitchen while her stepmother is cooking.
  • The wedding festivities were no sooner over than the stepmother began to show herself in her true colours.
  • She has buried her stepmother to-day: she is not likely to go visiting on such a day.
  • Only if all of them agree can their stepmother keep it.
  • Flo was her stepmother, and the beatings she gave never amounted to much.
  • Writer tells about his kind stepmother and her family, who treated him as a genuine relation.
  • Even if your father and stepmother split, you and she can still stay in touch.
  • She also finds that her stepmother is behind her ready to throw boiling water on her.
British Dictionary definitions for stepmother


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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