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stepfather Syllabification: step·fa·ther
Pronunciation: /ˈstepˌfäT͟Hər/

Definition of stepfather in English:


A man who is married to one’s mother after the divorce of one’s parents or the death of one’s father.
Example sentences
  • Researchers interviewed all 162 children (initially at an average age of eight and a half) about their relationship with their mothers, fathers and stepfathers.
  • In addition, 89% of boys were living in two-parent households with their mothers and fathers or stepfathers.
  • My strength is large animals - my mother and my stepfather were farmers, and I used to work at a livery.

Words that rhyme with stepfather

grandfather • godfather

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