Definitions

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

  • adj. Confined to bed because of illness or infirmity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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)

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • I have had, in my short practice, two patients, who considered themselves _bedlars_, as you will find the common people in the part you are going to, call them -- bedridden, that is.

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  • After disappearing for a few months (in her own words, "bedridden" by Russell),

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  • Russell Brand leaves Katy Perry "bedridden" for days.

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  • Until now, a resident that needed assistance transferring to and from bed, even if it was just a supporting hand was considered to be "bedridden" and therefore the facilities needed to comply with special requirements to be able to accept such residents ..

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  • During the latest session, one bedridden caller thanked the congressman profusely for creating such a convenient way for her to interact with him.

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  • I'm not sure if I'm allowed to do this, but we are a disabled group with lupus (bedridden) and we make videos of you and your horse free!

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  • Her 2004 diagnosis for congestive heart failure, compounded with spinal fractures and the effects of scoliosis, left her nearly bedridden.

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  • At the most crucial fourth week of my pregnancy, my husband, Ben, with his broken leg in a cast, was bedridden right next to me.

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  • I used to wheel Alena out here when she was bedridden.

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  • This movie really made me appreciate my joints — and how I NEVER want to wind up bedridden with a crazy lady in the house.

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