feather bed



a mattress or a bed cover, as a quilt, stuffed with soft feathers.

Origin of feather bed

before 1000; Middle English, Old English
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feather bed


a mattress filled with feathers or down

verb featherbed -beds, -bedding or -bedded

(tr) to pamper; spoil
(intr) US to be subject to or engage in featherbedding
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Word Origin and History for feather-bed

Old English feþerbedd; see feather (n.) + bed (n.).

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