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 bedposts

Historical Examples of bedposts

  • Colwyn approached the head of the bed and bent down to examine the bedposts.

    The Hand in the Dark

    Arthur J. Rees

  • I was glad when he ceased thumbing the bedposts and left me.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • The answer received was a loud and repeated “he-haw,” with the clattering of hoofs against the bedposts.

  • He seized one of the bedposts, and it became immediately a fluted golden pillar.

  • A gag had been thrust into his mouth; and he was tightly bound, by a cord round his waist, to one of the bedposts.

British Dictionary definitions for bedposts


  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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Word Origin and History for bedposts



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper