Definition of doorstop in US English:


(also doorstopper)


  • 1A fixed or heavy object that keeps a door open or stops it from banging against a wall.

    • ‘They used to be a great Brit-Pop sounding amplifier; now, they're great doorstops.’
    • ‘If she's not interested before you give her a huge tome like that she'll take one look at it and use it for a doorstop.’
    • ‘You like them, you love them, you hate them, you use them for doorstops.’
    • ‘He said that he had bought it for 20 euros to use as a doorstop or ornament, but the authorities said it was marble and accused him of smuggling antiquities.’
    • ‘By lunchtime the shop was even more packed than a prawn, avocado and salad panini, so I was glad I'd stuck my turkey doorstop in the office fridge earlier on.’
    • ‘Worthless as a contribution to the historical debate, the reader may find it to have some utility as a doorstop.’
    • ‘Without a connection to other machines, a computer is nothing but a thousand-dollar doorstop.’
    • ‘People buy old-fashioned sad-irons not to iron their clothes with, but to use as bookends or doorstops; a handsome jam pot can become a pencil holder, and lobster traps get recycled as outdoor planters.’
    • ‘Originally dull gray and about as shapely as a doorstop, phones became sleeker and slicker - black, aluminum, clamshell, and pastel.’
    • ‘I'm tired of using a doorstop to keep it propped open.’
    • ‘The space was breathtaking, but the echo of the door slamming into the doorstop was deafening in the silence.’
    • ‘Use bowling pins to construct a fence, a doorstop, a lamp, or any number of things in a long list of unique hand-made gifts as far-reaching as your imagination.’
    • ‘A fragrant doorstop is tasteful and useful - and how many Christmas presents can claim that?’
    • ‘He has been touring tirelessly, remembering to use his Mercury Prize as a doorstop, leaving just enough room for the rest of East London's thriving scene to slide through.’
    • ‘Books can function as doorstops, paperweights, hiding places for some valuables, platforms for balancing a teacup on or props for broken chairs or tables.’
    • ‘Today, the very idea that you might use the timetable for anything other than as a doorstop is risible.’
    • ‘Often people like to keep souvenirs such as this and it is not uncommon for them to be used as doorstops or points of interest in the home.’
    • ‘They have been used as weapons, made into clocks, lamps, fish bowls, doorstops, plant holders, and centerpiece decorations for tables, and used to hold and weigh down everything from paper to ears to boats to pets.’
    • ‘I have no reason to believe that's not still the case - and it's too lightweight to make even a good doorstop.’
    • ‘I resolve to begin using my multicolored weights for reps rather than doorstops, even though the purple 10-pound ones look great in the guest bedroom.’
    tapered block, chock, door stop
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    1. 1.1 A heavy or bulky object (used especially in reference to a thick book)
      ‘his sixth novel is a thumping 400-page doorstop’
      • ‘According to my arithmetic, each day they utter at least a doorstop of a novel worth of words into the ether.’
      • ‘A doorstopper of an investment note was published yesterday to help investors navigate the sector.’
      • ‘My copy of Gray's Anatomy, the famous doorstopper, has a smudgy black and white photograph of Henry Gray posed next to a dissecting table in a dark suit and a cravat, a pair of naked human feet sticking out stiffly in front of him.’
      • ‘The girl with the unicorn horn and the glasses was sitting up in bed, reading a doorstopper of a book.’
      • ‘Both books are doorstoppers, and that's been a new trend in recent years.’
      • ‘This doorstop of a book chronicles how - through invasions, revolutions and coups - the arts have flourished in the city and details its entente cordiale between art and politics from the Gothic to de Gaulle.’
      • ‘The book fanatic, who has been reading the doorstopper at a rate of about 10 pages per day, said it was hard work.’
      • ‘Her name doesn't actually appear until page 335 of this 422-page doorstopper.’
      • ‘This doorstop not only includes recipes, but reminiscences of each execution day, and accounts of some of the cases.’
      • ‘Not only is it a super read, it's a veritable doorstop of fun.’
      • ‘In one for the record books, it ships a doorstopper of a magazine this month for its annual Top 100 special.’
      • ‘He was good when I first came here, and he would not have brought in a 500-page doorstop like this then.’
      • ‘The traditional preference of the British reading public for conventionally sized novels or literary doorstoppers is a pity, because the novella at its best is not an awkward hybrid, but a novel in beautifully controlled miniature.’
      • ‘The 1000-page plus, doorstopper of a novel chronicled her life as she struggled not only for her own survival but also for that of her family and other household members.’
      • ‘He is hoping to collect sponsorship for his attempt to plough through the 1,205-page doorstopper over the next six weeks.’
      • ‘Despite the crises unfolding around him, he has continued a whirlwind tour to promote his biography, a 900-page doorstopper.’
      • ‘So by reading doorstops I'm actually reducing the average amount of enjoyment I derive from fiction.’
      • ‘That would have been a sure fire way to reduce a massive doorstop of a book into a thirty-page magazine.’
      • ‘I don't want to write a doorstop book, but I would like it to have a little substance.’
      • ‘Similarly irksome is the fawning critical reception to this wretched doorstop of a book.’