featherbed

[ feth-er-bed ]
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verb (used with or without object),feath·er·bed·ded, feath·er·bed·ding.
  1. to subject to or engage in featherbedding.

Origin of featherbed

1
First recorded in 1945–50; back formation from featherbedding

Words Nearby featherbed

Other definitions for feather bed (2 of 2)

feather bed

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

Origin of feather bed

2
before 1000; Middle English, Old English

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How to use featherbed in a sentence

  • Return to his bedroom, throw off the clothes, beat the featherbed, see that the fustian and sheets are clean.

  • A bit of straw matting, laid over a featherbed, and covered with the under sheet, makes a very cool bed for an infant.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy | Catherine Esther Beecher
  • God becomes man becomes fish becomes barnacle goose becomes featherbed mountain.

    Ulysses | James Joyce
  • “Now my featherbed,” says Aunt Elvira, and she has the porter jam it in alongside of me, which makes more or less of a full house.

    Odd Numbers | Sewell Ford
  • He was now going to a home provided by benevolent persons as a kind of featherbed to catch the falling workhouse boy.

    Essays in Rebellion | Henry W. Nevinson

British Dictionary definitions for feather bed

feather bed

noun
  1. a mattress filled with feathers or down

verbfeatherbed -beds, -bedding or -bedded
  1. (tr) to pamper; spoil

  2. (intr) US to be subject to or engage in featherbedding

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