[ bed-pohst ]

  1. one of the upright supports of a bedstead.

  2. bedposts, Bowling. a split in which the seven and ten pins remain standing.

Origin of bedpost

First recorded in 1590–1600; bed + post1

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

How to use bedpost in a sentence

  • Cynthia thrust her hands into imaginary pockets, leaned languidly against the bedpost, and rolled her eyes.

  • He leaned his tired head against the bedpost, turning his face to the east.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • If there's a worm in every hole in that bedpost, we could go into the fish business.

    When a Man Marries | Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for bedpost


/ (ˈbɛdˌpəʊst) /

  1. any of the four vertical supports at the corners of a bedstead

  2. between you and me and the bedpost informal confidentially; in secret

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