door·​stop ˈdȯr-ˌstäp How to pronounce doorstop (audio)
: a usually rubber-tipped device attached to a wall or floor to prevent damaging contact between an opened door and the wall
: a device (such as a wedge or weight) for holding a door open

Examples of doorstop in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of doorstop was in 1878

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“Doorstop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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