stepfather

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From Middle English stepfader, from Old English stēopfæder, from Proto-Germanic *steupafadēr (stepfather), equivalent to step- +‎ father.

Cognate with Saterland Frisian Stäiffoar (stepfather), Dutch stiefvader (stepfather), German Low German Steevvader (stepfather), German Stiefvater (stepfather), Swedish styvfar (stepfather), Icelandic stjúpfaðir (stepfather).

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  • Hyphenation: step‧fa‧ther

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stepfather (plural stepfathers)

  1. The husband of one's biological mother, other than one's biological father, especially following the divorce or death of the father.

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