Cognate with Saterland Frisian Stäiffoar (“stepfather”), Dutch stiefvader (“stepfather”), German Low German Steevvader (“stepfather”), German Stiefvater (“stepfather”), Swedish styvfar (“stepfather”), Icelandic stjúpfaðir (“stepfather”).
- Hyphenation: step‧fa‧ther
stepfather (plural stepfathers)
- (in the narrow sense) A husband of one's biological mother after her initial marriage to or relationship with one's biological father.
- 1980, Ford, Gerald, “Boyhood—and Beyond”, in A Time to Heal, New York: Berkley Books, →ISBN, page 47:
- My stepfather loved me as much as he loved his own three sons. I knew how much he wanted to help me and how lacking in financial resources he was. Nothing could erase the image I gained of my real father that day: a carefree, well-to-do man who didn't really give a damn about the hopes and dreams of his firstborn son.
- (in the broad sense) A husband of one's parent distinct from one's biological father
- (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- 1953, Cyril Dean Darlington, The Facts of Life, page 433:
- Telegony or Inheritance from the Stepfather
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- “stepfather”, in Collins English Dictionary.
- “stepfather, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
- stepfather at OneLook Dictionary Search
- “stepfather”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary
- “stepfather” in TheFreeDictionary.com, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.: Farlex, Inc., 2003–2022.