one of the upright supports of a bedstead.
bedposts, Bowling. a split in which the seven and ten pins remain standing.

Origin of bedpost

First recorded in 1590–1600; bed + post1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bedpost

Contemporary Examples of bedpost

  • But a dashing, magnetic fifty-eight-year-old matinee idol with three ex-wives notched on his bedpost?

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    How to Get Over Cary Grant

    Kara Cutruzzula

    September 25, 2011

Historical Examples of bedpost

  • He pulled his watch from the pocket of his vest, hanging on the bedpost.

  • My companion stood gripping the bedpost and fumbling at his holster.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • I dream about it nights and wake up with my arms around the bedpost.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Surely the fellow did not tie her up to the bedpost before leaving the house!


    Joseph Conrad

  • Between you and me and the bedpost, I doubt if he ever will be.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

British Dictionary definitions for bedpost



any of the four vertical supports at the corners of a bedstead
between you and me and the bedpost informal confidentially; in secret
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

Word Origin and History for bedpost

also bed-post, 1590s, from bed (n.) + post (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper