from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Confined to bed because of illness or infirmity.
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- adj. confined to bed because of infirmity or illness
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Confined to bed by age, infirmity, or sickness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. confined to bed (by illness)
Middle English bedreden, from Old English bedrida : bed, bed; see bed + rida, rider (from rīdan, to ride; see ride).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English bedreda, from rida ("rider"), with -en by analogy with past participle adjectives (Wiktionary)