Stepford

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Stepford

  1. A surname.
  2. A place name.

Etymology 2[edit]

A fictional place name.
After the fictional suburb in the 1972 novel The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin, and in two films of the same name based on the novel.

Adjective[edit]

Stepford (not comparable)

  1. Docile, unthinking and conformist.
    • 1999, Mary Higgins Clark, We'll Meet Again, page 131,
      “He called you a boring Stepford wife.”
      A boring Stepford wife, Molly thought. For a moment it seemed to her that she was once more in prison, eating the tasteless food, hearing the click of locks, lying awake for sleepless night after sleepless night.
    • 2008, Karin Tabke, Have Yourself a Naughty Little Santa, page 150,
      So, when in a dorky Christmas town with Stepford people and themed shops, do as they do. Smile and act like you gave two shits about the person next to you.
    • 2011 July 18, Matt Culkin, “[The 16 Most Hilariously Dishonest Old School Advertisements”, Cracked.com:
      Were the Nazis trying to infiltrate the U.S. Navy with an army of gonorrhea-infected Stepford clones?
  2. Attractive but lacking any character.

References[edit]

  • OED 2004