Definition of corbiesteps in US English:


(also corbie steps)

plural noun

  • Projections resembling steps on the sloping part of a gable, common in Flemish architecture and 16- and 17th-century Scottish buildings.

    Also called crow steps
    • ‘The corbie steps of the west front, with those of the small western front of the North Chapel, which projects beyond the tower, are the only examples in the island.’
    • ‘The circular Doocot is 17th- or 18th-century with corbie steps on two sides; the lean-to roof has fallen in.’


Early 19th century: from corbie and step (from the idea that the projections were suitable as steps for a perching bird such as a crow).