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  1. the side of a bed, especially as the place of one attending the sick.
  1. at or for a bedside: a bedside table.

Origin of bedside

1325–75; Middle English; orig. bed + 's1 + side1
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  • The doctor was sitting by the bedside, watching the effect of something he had given her.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Rico went to the bedside, and looked at the child in silence.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • At last she returned to Andrew, and seated herself by his bedside.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • She took his hand in both hers, as she often took her mother's, and stood by the bedside.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • A year ago I was called to the bedside of a dying man, old in years and old in sin.

British Dictionary definitions for bedside


    1. the space by the side of a bed, esp of a sick person
    2. (as modifier)a bedside lamp; a doctor's bedside manner
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Word Origin and History for bedside


late 14c., from bed (n.) + side. Bedside manner attested from 1869.

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