verb (used with object), be·spread, be·spread·ing.

to spread over (a surface); cover (usually followed by with): a table bespread with fine linens.

Origin of bespread

First recorded in 1350–1400, bespread is from the Middle English word bespreden. See be-, spread Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bespread

Historical Examples of bespread

  • He got out the box of ointment and bespread the strips of torn handkerchief.

    The Magnetic North

    Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)

  • The greater part of my way lay near the sea shore, which was bespread with the wrecks of vessels.

    Lachesis Lapponica

    Carl von Linn

British Dictionary definitions for bespread


verb -spreads, -spreading or -spread

(tr) to cover (a surface) with something
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Word Origin and History for bespread

c.1200, from be- + spread (v.).

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