Meaning of Stepford in English:


Pronunciation /ˈstɛpfəd/


as modifier
  • Denoting someone who is regarded as robotically conformist or obedient.

    ‘it seems that colleges want to produce a generation of PC-driven Stepford students’
    • ‘All too often, however, she sounds less like a domestic goddess and more like a Stepford wife.’
    • ‘When this bin liner was full I tied it up and put it in the grey bin like a dutiful Stepford wife.’
    • ‘But what does a Stepford husband do for recreation?’
    • ‘I was not going to be turned into a Stepford child.’
    • ‘It was a prize, a brass ring, a suburban legend that, if true, would propel the average Stepford housewife to new heights of fame.’
    • ‘So I mingled with the in crowd and they dressed me and made me over and turned me into one of them, completely - a Stepford friend.’
    • ‘Family men come to the company picnics with their beautiful wives and Stepford children and they get the bonuses.’
    • ‘If these Stepford citizens have their way, soon your life will be a vast, sterile emptiness.’
    • ‘We can go through life faking everything, so that Eve becomes our little Stepford child.’
    • ‘Not that I'd wanna be stuck in that house with you and the rest of your Stepford family anyway.’
    • ‘So now you're saying I should be like a Stepford woman?’
    • ‘I'm not a Stepford wife; I still feel the exultation and sadness that any person feels, I'm just not required to feel them 10 times as long or as intensively as I used to.’
    • ‘Or will she, too, eventually, become a Stepford wife?’
    • ‘It would be a shame to watch 43 Stepford drivers race on Sundays.’
    • ‘Since she'd become a Stepford wife, I found those meltdowns hilarious.’
    • ‘Of course, she's the Stepford daughter right out of a mail-order magazine, and I'm second best.’
    • ‘He was released back to his dorm with the rest of his Stepford comrades.’
    • ‘Thankfully, I was not served by one of those Stepford attendants, but unfortunately my server did not pass the test.’
    • ‘Unlike the threatened Stepford men, modern husbands are not turned off by women who can succeed at work.’
    • ‘Before, I had been harbouring a notion that an old-fashioned, Stepford kind of life would somehow be preferable to the one I had.’


From The Stepford Wives, the title of a 1972 novel by the American writer Ira Levin (1929–2007), in which Stepford is the name of a fictional idyllic suburb where the men have replaced their wives with robots.