[ bed-fast, -fahst ]
/ ˈbɛdˌfæst, -ˌfɑst /

adjective Chiefly Midland and Western U.S.

confined to bed, as by illness or age; bedridden.

Origin of bedfast

First recorded in 1630–40; bed + fast1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bedfast

  • I have a daughter in that room who has been ill and bedfast for more than two years.

  • Every now and then for a good many years he's had a bedfast spell.

    Kenny|Leona Dalrymple
  • She had barely recovered from the illness that kept her bedfast during the exciting days of the strike.

British Dictionary definitions for bedfast


/ (ˈbɛdˌfɑːst) /


an archaic word for bedridden

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