confined to bed because of illness, injury, etc.

Origin of bedridden

1300–50; Middle English, variant (by confusion with past participle of ride) of bedrid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bedridden

disabled, ill, infirm, ailing, incapacitated, invalid, prostrate

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confined to bed because of illness, esp for a long or indefinite period

Word Origin for bedridden

Old English bedreda, from bedd bed + -rida rider, from rīdan to ride
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Word Origin and History for bedridden

also bed-ridden, mid-14c., from adjectival use of late Old English bæddrædæn "bedridden (man)," from bedrid, from Old English bedreda, literally "bedrider, bedridden (man)," from bed + rida "rider" (see ride (v.)). Originally a noun, it became an adjective in Middle English and acquired an -en on the analogy of past participle adjectives from strong verbs such as ride.

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bedridden in Medicine




Confined to bed because of illness or infirmity.
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