[ bed-fel-oh ]
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  1. Also called bedmate. a person who shares one's bed.

  2. an associate or collaborator, especially one who forms a temporary alliance for reasons of expediency: Politics makes strange bedfellows.

Origin of bedfellow

First recorded in 1400–50, bedfellow is from the late Middle English word bedfelow.See bed, fellow

Words Nearby bedfellow Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bedfellow in a sentence

  • Wallace crept into bed beside his communicative bedfellow in silence.

    Wayside Courtships | Hamlin Garland
  • He first made an attempt on the apprentice, his bedfellow; but he struggled so far as to effect his escape, and hid himself.

  • He implores mercy for his “desolate bedfellow,” for her children, and for his sons by his first wife.

  • My bedfellow and I slept on an oilcloth, covered with an overcoat, and tied our four feet up together in a flannel shirt.

    Under the Stars and Bars | Walter A. Clark
  • Why do they hardly feel that they have prayed if company, or a bedfellow, on a journey, keeps them from using oral prayer?

    Bertha and Her Baptism | Nehemiah Adams

British Dictionary definitions for bedfellow


/ (ˈbɛdˌfɛləʊ) /

  1. a person with whom one shares a bed

  2. a temporary ally or associate

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