stair

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English staire, stayre, stayer, steir, steyre, steyer, from Old English stǣġer ‎(stair, staircase), from Proto-Germanic *staigriz ‎(stairs, scaffolding), from Proto-Indo-European *steygʰ- ‎(to walk, proceed, march, climb). Cognate with Dutch steiger ‎(a stair, step, wharf, pier, scaffolding), Middle Low German steiger, steir ‎(scaffolding). Related to Old English āstǣgan ‎(to ascend, go up, embark), Old English stīgan ‎(to go, move, reach; ascend, mount, go up, spring up, rise; scale), German Stiege ‎(a flight of stairs). More at sty.

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Noun[edit]

stair ‎(plural stairs)

  1. A single step in a staircase.
  2. A series of steps, a staircase.
    • 1899, Hughes Mearns, Antigonish:
      Yesterday, upon the stair / I met a man who wasn’t there / He wasn’t there again today / I wish, I wish he’d go away …

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  • Stairs and stair are used to refer to a single staircase, mostly interchangeably in the UK.

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin histōria.

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stair f ‎(genitive singular staire, nominative plural startha)

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