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Princeton's WordNet

  1. backstairsadjective

    a second staircase at the rear of a building

  2. backstair, backstairs, furtiveadjective

    secret and sly or sordid

    "backstairs gossip"; "his low backstairs cunning"- A.L.Guerard; "backstairs intimacies"; "furtive behavior"


  1. backstairsnoun

    a staircase at the rear of a building, or one normally only used by servants etc

  2. backstairsadjective

    clandestine, secret or furtive

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Backstairsnoun

    The private stairs in the house.

    Etymology: from back and stairs.

    I condemn the practice which hath lately crept into the court at the backstairs, that some pricked for sheriffs get out of the bill. Francis Bacon, Advice to Sir George Villiers.


  1. backstairs

    Hintertreppe (English: Backstairs) is a 1921 silent film. This was the first movie by German director Leopold Jessner, in cooperation with Paul Leni. Carl Mayer specifically wrote this for Leopold Jessner, who would go on to direct Erdgeist (1923). Hintertreppe was a precursor of the 1920s German kammerspielfilm style.


  1. backstairs

    Backstairs refer to a secret, indirect or unofficial means of access, communication or negotiation; often associated with intrigue or secretive maneuvers. This term can also literally refer to a secondary staircase at the back of a building, not meant for public use.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backstairsadjective

    alt. of Backstair

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of backstairs in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of backstairs in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4


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