stepchild

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English stepchild, stepchyld, from Old English stēopċild (stepchild), equivalent to step- +‎ child. Compare Dutch stiefkind (stepchild), German Stiefkind (stepchild), Swedish styvbarn (stepchild).

PronunciationEdit

  • Hyphenation: step‧child

NounEdit

stepchild (plural stepchildren)

  1. The child of one's spouse but not one's own.
  2. (obsolete) A bereaved child; one who has lost father or mother.

SynonymsEdit

  • (child of one's spouse but not one's own): stepbairn (Britain dialectal, chiefly Scotland), stepkid (informal)
  • (bereaved child): orphan

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Middle EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Old English stēopċild (stepchild); equivalent to step- +‎ child.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

stepchild (plural stepchildren or stepchildre)

  1. stepchild (child of a spouse)
  2. (rare) orphan

DescendantsEdit

  • English: stepchild

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