steop-

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Old English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Proto-Germanic *steupa- (bereft, pushed out), from Proto-Indo-European *steup-, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)teu-. Akin to Old Frisian stiap-, Old High German stiof- (German stief-), Old Norse stjup- (Swedish styv-), Middle Low German stef-, Dutch stief-, Old English āstīepan "to bereave, orphan", Old English bestīepan "to deprive of children"

Prefix[edit]

stēop-

  1. deprived of a relative
  2. step-

Usage notes[edit]

  • Originally used with children to denote loss of a parent; later extended to adoptive parents

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