- a mattress or a bed cover, as a quilt, stuffed with soft feathers.
Origin of feather bed
before 1000; Middle English, Old English
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Examples from the Web for feather-bed
I have a French feather-bed there, which I have been at pains to keep these years back.
I thought that mayhap it might be as to who should have this feather-bed of thine.
And Ben said, 'No, thanky, not much fun in pounding a feather-bed.'
Or perhaps it's a feather-bed; I don't know of anything I want less.The Master-Knot of Human Fate
She ran straight into the house and hid in Antonia's feather-bed.My Antonia
- a mattress filled with feathers or down
- (tr) to pamper; spoil
- (intr) US to be subject to or engage in featherbedding
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Word Origin and History for feather-bed
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