door·​step ˈdȯr-ˌstep How to pronounce doorstep (audio)
: a step before an outer door
on one's doorstep
: close at hand
especially : too close to be overlooked

Examples of doorstep in a Sentence

We sat on the doorstep. The police were at my doorstep.
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Word History

First Known Use

1767, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of doorstep was in 1767

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“Doorstep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


door·​step -ˌstep How to pronounce doorstep (audio)
: a step or series of steps before an outer door

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