[bed-fast, -fahst]

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

Historical Examples of 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.


    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



an archaic word for bedridden
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012