bed rest



a prolonged rest in bed, as in the treatment of an illness.
a device used to support a person sitting up in bed.

Nearby words

  1. bed molding,
  2. bed moulding,
  3. bed of nails,
  4. bed of roses,
  5. bed place,
  6. bed stone,
  7. bed table,
  8. bed tea,
  9. bed tray,
  10. bed-and-breakfast

Origin of bed rest

First recorded in 1870–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bed-rest

  • One winter evening a woman came to my door to see if she could borrow a bed-rest.

    Change in the Village|(AKA George Bourne) George Sturt

Word Origin and History for bed-rest



"device for sitting up in bed," by 1836; as "a resting in bed for recovery from injury or illness," by 1896; from bed (n.) + rest (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper