from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Furtively carried on; clandestine: backstairs gossip.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A staircase at the rear of a building or one normally only used by servants and tradesmen.
- n. An indirect or furtive means of access or intercourse.
- adj. Secret or furtive.
- adj. Scandalous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Stairs in the back part of a house, as distinguished from the
front stairs; a second staircase at the rear of a building; hence, a private or indirect way.
- adj. Private; indirect; secret; conducted with secrecy; intriguing; -- as if finding access by the back stairs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a second staircase at the rear of a building
- adj. secret and sly or sordid
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