Definition of Backstair

1. Adjective. Secret and sly or sordid. "Furtive behavior"

Exact synonyms: Backstairs, Furtive
Similar to: Covert
Derivative terms: Furtiveness



Definition of Backstair

1. Adjective. clandestine, secret or furtive ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Backstair

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Backstair

backspun
backstab
backstabbed
backstabber
backstabbers
backstabbing
backstabbings
backstabby
backstabs
backstaffs
backstage
backstager
backstagers
backstages
backstair (current term)
backstamp
backstamped
backstamping
backstamps
backstay
backstays
backstepping
backster
backsters
backstitched
backstitches
backstitching

Literary usage of Backstair

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1. Social Rule: A Study of the Will to Power by Elsie Worthington Clews Parsons (1916)
"In the lady's social system although backstair influence is hardly institutional it is not the illicit or immoral exploit the feminist would make it. ..."

2. The Cambridge History of English Literature by Adolphus William Ward, Alfred Rayney Waller (1913)
"The amount of bargaining and backstair dealing revealed in this diary is astonishing; but the notes are too summary to aspire to literary art, ..."

3. Works by Manuel Márquez Sterling, William Makepeace Thackeray, Leslie Stephen, Louise Stanage (1902)
"We went clapping up a clean stone backstair, and then into a back passage cheerfully decorated with ragged light-green Kidderminster, and issued upon "THE ..."

4. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register by Henry Fritz-Gilbert Waters (1889)
"He sends humble service to Legge's lady, his brother and sister Graham, Harry Washington, Dick Lane and all bedchamber backstair friends. ..."

5. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1898)
"But there 's a small boiler behind the backstair, And the maids вку they often smell alcohol there, \\ hile MARGERY hints she 's lately been told Of a ..."

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