Definition of downstairs in English:

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Pronunciation: /daʊnˈstɛːz/
1Down a flight of stairs: I tripped over the cat and fell downstairs
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  • There was the sound of feet pounding on the stairs as they came downstairs.
  • She believes Sophie lit a match in the upstairs bedroom where Sarah was sleeping, then ran downstairs when the match fell on the bed.
  • This hurt more than when I fell downstairs and I thought that was bad!
1.1On or to a lower floor: we were waiting for you downstairs she called him downstairs
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  • We will probably take down the wall downstairs after that and lay new floor and wallpaper downstairs before they come as well.
  • It took me all of last night just to do my bedroom, and because I had to air the room after vacuuming, I had to sleep downstairs on the hard floor.
  • I got to have a nosy around her bathroom and to admire her sanded floors downstairs.


Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊnstɛːz/
Situated downstairs: the downstairs loo
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  • Tina's family had assisted her to construct a downstairs bathroom for him while Christopher was in hospital.
  • The kitchen is fitted with units of Canadian maple and includes a four-ring Meile gas hob while the downstairs bathroom has a spa bath.
  • Originally she intended to extend the back of the house in Stokes Croft to create a downstairs bedroom and bathroom for Kieran.


Pronunciation: /daʊnˈstɛːz/
The ground floor or lower floors of a building: the downstairs was hardly damaged at all
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  • The fire spread across two ground floor rooms and caused 50 per cent fire damage to the downstairs.
  • For years he lived with his brothers and sisters in one big room in the downstairs of the house, where they had only a small stove.
  • I suspected that one reason the house had been on the market for so long was because nobody could imagine what to do with the downstairs.

Words that rhyme with downstairs

backstairs, chargés d'affaires, Pears, theirs, unawares, understairs, upstairs

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