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feather bed

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  1. 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

Historical Examples

  • I have a French feather-bed there, which I have been at pains to keep these years back.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • I thought that mayhap it might be as to who should have this feather-bed of thine.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • 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.

  • She ran straight into the house and hid in Antonia's feather-bed.

    My Antonia

    Willa Cather

British Dictionary definitions for feather-bed

feather bed

  1. a mattress filled with feathers or down
verb featherbed -beds, -bedding or -bedded
  1. (tr) to pamper; spoil
  2. (intr) US to be subject to or engage in featherbedding
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Word Origin and History for feather-bed


Old English feþerbedd; see feather (n.) + bed (n.).

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