Origin of bedroll

First recorded in 1645–55; bed + roll Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bed-roll

Historical Examples of bed-roll

  • A man don't pack his shootin'-iron in his bed-roll when he hits the trail.

    Partners of Chance

    Henry Herbert Knibbs

  • The cook's fire was dead, and that worthy was humped on his bed-roll smoking a pipe.

    Big Timber

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • While Meta checked a bed-roll out of stores, Jason painfully dragged a desk, table and chairs in from a nearby empty office.


    Harry Harrison

  • Somewhere out on the mesa Cheyenne had spread his bed-roll and was no doubt sleeping peacefully.

    Partners of Chance

    Henry Herbert Knibbs

  • And mebby I don't feel like a plumb fool, footin' it into Steve's ranch with no hosses and no bed-roll and no reputation.

    Partners of Chance

    Henry Herbert Knibbs

British Dictionary definitions for bed-roll


  1. a portable roll of bedding, such as a sleeping bag, used esp for sleeping in the open
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Word Origin and History for bed-roll

1905, from bed (n.) + roll (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper