- a child that one's husband or wife had by a former marriage
- someone or something regarded as unpopular, neglected, etc.
Origin of stepchildMiddle English from Old English steopcild: see step- and child
- A child of one's spouse by a previous union.
- Something that does not receive appropriate care, respect, or attention: “For the longest time, children's books … were considered the stepchild of publishing” ( Robert Sabuda )
step- +"Ž child