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[bed-sahyd] /ˈbɛdˌsaɪd/
the side of a bed, especially as the place of one attending the sick.
at or for a bedside:
a bedside table.
Origin of bedside
1325-75; Middle English; orig. bed + 's1 + side1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When Mr. Codling was told, he stood for a moment as if dazed, and then asked to be led to Sarah's bedside.

    The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant Alexander Johnstone Wilson
  • He lit a bedside candle which merely troubled his friends' sleep.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • I do a good deal of writing letters by the bedside, of course—writing all kinds, including love letters.

    The Wound Dresser Walt Whitman
  • She returned to the bedside of Clara, and left her no more that night.

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • With these cryptic words he slid off the bed, taking with him the large old-fashioned Bible which always lay by Nanna's bedside.

    What Timmy Did Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bedside

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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