Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A stepchild.

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  • noun A stepchild.

Etymologies

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From Middle English steopbern, from Old English stēopbearn ("stepchild"), equivalent to step- +‎ bairn. Cognate with Danish stedbarn ("stepchild"), Swedish styvbarn ("stepchild"), Icelandic stjúpbarn ("stepchild").

Examples

  • Corby's like that; it's always been what the Scots call a stepbairn, and never seems to have what its brothers and sisters take for granted.

    Jill McGown, in her own words

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