Stepmother Step"moth`er, n. [AS. ste['o]pm[=o]der.] The wife of one's father by a subsequent marriage. [1913 Webster]

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  • stepmother — (n.) O.E. steopmodor; see STEP (Cf. step ) + MOTHER (Cf. mother) (n.1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • stepmother — ► NOUN ▪ a woman who is married to one s father after the divorce of one s parents or the death of one s mother …   English terms dictionary

  • stepmother — [step′muth΄ər] n. a female stepparent …   English World dictionary

  • stepmother — UK [ˈstepˌmʌðə(r)] / US [ˈstepˌmʌðər] noun [countable] Word forms stepmother : singular stepmother plural stepmothers someone s stepmother is their father s new wife in a second or later marriage …   English dictionary

  • stepmother — step|moth|er [ step,mʌðər ] noun count someone s stepmother is their father s new wife in a second or later marriage …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stepmother — [[t]ste̱pmʌðə(r)[/t]] stepmothers also step mother N COUNT: oft poss N Someone s stepmother is the woman who has married their father after the death or divorce of their mother …   English dictionary

  • stepmother — noun Date: before 12th century the wife of one s father when distinct from one s natural or legal mother …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • stepmother — stepmotherly, adv. stepmotherliness, n. /step mudh euhr/, n. the wife of one s father by a later marriage. [bef. 900; ME stepmoder, OE steopmodor. See STEP , MOTHER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • stepmother — noun The wife of ones biological father, other than ones biological mother. Syn: stepmom …   Wiktionary

  • stepmother — Synonyms and related words: dam, foster mother, genetrix, ma, mam, mama, mammy, mater, materfamilias, maternal ancestor, matriarch, mom, mommy, mother, mummy, stepbrother, stepchild, stepdaughter, stepfather, stepsister, stepson, the old woman …   Moby Thesaurus