stief-

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch stief-, stiep-, from Proto-Germanic *steupa- (bereft, pushed out). Cognate with German stief-, English step-. The form with -f- arose through assimilation before the word vader (father); the generalization of this form may or may not have been reinforced by High German influence (where the -f- is regular). Compare the same in Middle Low German stēf-.

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Prefix[edit]

stief-

  1. step-; a prefix indicating the individual being referred to is related through the marriage of a parent.

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German stief-, from Old High German stiof-, from Proto-Germanic *steupa- (bereft, pushed out). Cognate with Dutch stief-, English step-.

Pronunciation[edit]

Prefix[edit]

stief-

  1. step-; a prefix indicating the individual being referred to is related through the marriage of a parent.