Etymology 1Edit

Proper nounEdit


  1. A surname.
  2. A place name.

Etymology 2Edit

A fictional place name.
After the fictional suburb in the 1972 novel The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin, and in two films of the same name based on the novel.


Stepford ‎(not comparable)

  1. Docile, unthinking and conformist.
    • 1999, Mary Higgins Clark, We'll Meet Again, page 131,
      “He called you a boring Stepford wife.”
      A boring Stepford wife, Molly thought. For a moment it seemed to her that she was once more in prison, eating the tasteless food, hearing the click of locks, lying awake for sleepless night after sleepless night.
    • 2008, Karin Tabke, Have Yourself a Naughty Little Santa, page 150,
      So, when in a dorky Christmas town with Stepford people and themed shops, do as they do. Smile and act like you gave two shits about the person next to you.
    • 2011 July 18, Matt Culkin, “The 16 Most Hilariously Dishonest Old School Advertisements”,
      Were the Nazis trying to infiltrate the U.S. Navy with an army of gonorrhea-infected Stepford clones?
  2. Attractive but lacking any character.


  • OED 2004