Dutch wife


noun

(in tropical countries) an open framework used in bed as a rest for the limbs.

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Origin of Dutch wife

First recorded in 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for dutch wife

Dutch wife

noun

a long hard bolster used, esp in the tropics, to support one's uppermost knee when sleeping on one's side
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