Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To supply (furniture) with stuffing, springs, cushions, and covering fabric.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To fit padding, stuffing, springs, webbing and fabric covering to furniture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A broker.
  • n. An upholsterer.
  • transitive v. To furnish (rooms, carriages, bedsteads, chairs, etc.) with hangings, coverings, cushions, etc.; to adorn with furnishings in cloth, velvet, silk, etc..

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To furnish with hangings, curtains, carpets, and the like, and, by extension, with furniture of different kinds.
  • To provide with textile coverings, together with cushions, stuffing, springs, etc., as a chair or sofa.
  • Hence To provide with any covering.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. provide furniture with padding, springs, webbing, and covers

Etymologies

Back-formation from upholsterer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Or for something more comfortable, upholster a small bedroom chair in terry cloth.

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  • I would also paint the chairs and maybe get some bright, patterned fabric to upholster the chairs.

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  • All I will say is that much as you don't go around carrying change in your vag, you don't upholster a human being.

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  • I want a rolling jalopy one that I can paint sparkly lime green and upholster with mexican striped plankets and a solid sunbrella top with 8 inch fringe on the sides ..... yeah, yeah, but we all have our dreams and I usually find a way to make mine come close ....

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  • First, I'd like to express my sympathy for whatever embossed little creatures Jaguar uses to upholster the upper deck of this car, the Jaguar XJ Supersport.

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  • I can't tolerate those who upholster ANYTHING with McMurphy plaid.

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  • That Molly/Lunette chick really needs to get her sorry ass to an upholster and fast. that is one not-so-comfy-looking-couch.

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  • The wood is mahogany, and we'd of course re-upholster them said Ginny.

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  • Ford also has a penchant for using a fuzzy, weedy lawn-like fabric to upholster the area behind the back-seat headrests.

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  • A neighbor -- or, by some accounts, a furniture buyer from Toledo -- suggested that the fledgling furniture designers take their chair indoors and upholster it.

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  • Change one letter to make it a different word with the same definition, viz.: "to cover, in a way".

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    August 16, 2014