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 History of this Word

"step" is from "steop" (bereaved or orphaned) spoken by people in England during 450-1100 A.D.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this prefix,
stepson
stepparent
stepchild
stepsister

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"step-" is a type of prefix

Definition

A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "related by remarriage" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

step- illustration Stepmothers in our culture are surrounded by myths.
step- illustration This is how we ended up with the stepfamily arrangement we have now.