- confined to bed because of illness, injury, etc.
Origin of bedridden
Examples from the Web for bedridden
There was a war and Matthew (Dan Stevens) was bedridden until he got up and walked.‘Borgen,’ ‘Girls,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Mad Men’ & More: Ten Best TV Shows of 2012
Jace Lacob, Maria Elena Fernandez
December 18, 2012
Bedridden Child Rather spent about three years of his childhood bedridden with rheumatic fever.
As Rather puts it, “bedridden seriously, as in using a bed pan.”
The bedridden blues icon is too sick to speak up as her son and husband battle over her estate in court.The War Over Etta James' Fortune
March 8, 2011
Blind and bedridden, her whole dependence was on her only son.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
For six years she had been helpless and bedridden in that little room.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
His wife is bedridden, and such a good creature, and so kind to me.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
At the return of spring Agesilaus lay sick—a bedridden invalid.Hellenica
Bedridden as he was, the undertaking seemed beyond his strength.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- confined to bed because of illness, esp for a long or indefinite period
Word Origin and History for bedridden
also bed-ridden, mid-14c., from adjectival use of late Old English bæddrædæn "bedridden (man)," from bedrid, from Old English bedreda, literally "bedrider, bedridden (man)," from bed + rida "rider" (see ride (v.)). Originally a noun, it became an adjective in Middle English and acquired an -en on the analogy of past participle adjectives from strong verbs such as ride.
- Confined to bed because of illness or infirmity.