step-

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English step-, from Old English stēop- (deprived of a relative, step-, prefix), from Proto-Germanic *steupa- (orphaned, step-), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)teup- (to push, strike). Cognate with Scots step- (step-), West Frisian stiep- (step-), Dutch stief- (step-), Low German steef- (step-), German stief- (step-), Swedish styv- (step-), Icelandic stjúp- (step-). Related to Old English stīepan (to deprive, bereave).

PrefixEdit

step-

  1. A prefix used before father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, child, and so forth, to indicate that the person being identified is not a blood relative but is related through the marriage of a parent.

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Last modified on 12 March 2014, at 11:24