stepmother


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step·moth·er

 (stĕp′mŭth′ər)
n.
A woman who is a stepparent.

stepmother

(ˈstɛpˌmʌðə)
n
a woman who has married one's father after the death or divorce of one's mother

step•moth•er

(ˈstɛpˌmʌð ər)

n.
the wife of one's father by a later marriage.
[before 900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stepmother - the wife of your father by a subsequent marriagestepmother - the wife of your father by a subsequent marriage
stepparent - the spouse of your parent by a subsequent marriage
Translations
мащеха
macechanevlastní matka
stedmor
duonpatrino
äitipuoli
maćeha
mostohaanya
継母
의붓어머니
mačeha
styvmorfostermorplastmamma
แม่เลี้ยง
mẹ kế

stepmother

[ˈstepˌmʌðəʳ] Nmadrastra f

stepmother

[ˈstɛpmʌðər] nbelle-mère f

stepmother

, stepmum (Brit inf)
nStiefmutter f

stepmother

[ˈstɛpˌmʌðəʳ] nmatrigna

stepmother

زَوْجَةُ الأَبّ nevlastní matka stedmor Stiefmutter μητριά madrastra äitipuoli belle-mère maćeha matrigna 継母 의붓어머니 stiefmoeder stemor macocha madrasta мачеха styvmor แม่เลี้ยง üvey anne mẹ kế 继母

stepmother

n madrastra
References in classic literature ?
I had been cutting up some caper or other --I think it was trying to crawl up the chimney, as i had seen a little sweep do a few days previous; and my stepmother who, somehow or other, was all the time whipping me, or sending me to bed supperless, --my mother dragged me by the legs out of the chimney and packed me off to bed, though it was only two o'clock in the afternoon of the 21st June, the longest day in the year in our hemisphere.
And now, because he was afraid that their stepmother might not treat them well and might do them harm, he put them in a lonely castle that stood in the middle of a wood.
In each country the Government has been a neglectful stepmother to the telephone.
This same Casildea, then, that I speak of, requited my honourable passion and gentle aspirations by compelling me, as his stepmother did Hercules, to engage in many perils of various sorts, at the end of each promising me that, with the end of the next, the object of my hopes should be attained; but my labours have gone on increasing link by link until they are past counting, nor do I know what will be the last one that is to be the beginning of the accomplishment of my chaste desires.
She entered the apartment, and seeing near her stepmother the stranger of whom she had already heard so much, saluted him without any girlish awkwardness, or even lowering her eyes, and with an elegance that redoubled the count's attention.
Mars would have then perished had not fair Eeriboea, stepmother to the sons of Aloeus, told Mercury, who stole him away when he was already well-nigh worn out by the severity of his bondage.
It was a hard bargain, but one that Wade could afford to take up, for if the wheat were to freeze out, or if the grasshoppers should eat it, or the chinch bugs ruin it, or a hail storm beat it down into the mud, or if any of the many hatreds Stepmother Nature holds out toward those trusting souls who would squeeze a living from her hard hands--if any of these misfortunes should transpire, he would be out nothing but labor, and that was the one thing he and Martin could afford to risk.
Rucastle told me in private that the reason why she had left them was that she had an unreasoning aversion to her stepmother.
The two children had also not been able to sleep for hunger, and had heard what their stepmother had said to their father.
I do not think my brother will ever marry again, and certainly not her; and this is why: first, I know that though he rarely speaks about the wife he has lost, the grief of that loss has gone too deep in his heart for him ever to decide to give her a successor and our little angel a stepmother.
This letter asked Ursula to meet Kenneth in the beechwood the next afternoon, and so she stole away there when suspicious father and watchful stepmother thought she was spinning in the granary loft.
Sometimes a day is a stepmother, sometimes a mother.