upholster

[uhp-hohl-ster, uh-pohl-]
verb (used with object)
  1. to provide (chairs, sofas, etc.) with coverings, cushions, stuffing, springs, etc.
  2. to furnish (an interior) with hangings, curtains, carpets, or the like.

Origin of upholster

1850–55, Americanism; back formation from upholsterer
Related formsre·up·hol·ster, verb (used with object)un·up·hol·stered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for reupholster

upholster

verb
  1. (tr) to fit (chairs, sofas, etc) with padding, springs, webbing, and covering
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Word Origin and History for reupholster
v.

1872, from re- + upholster. Related: Reupholstered; reupholstering.

upholster

v.

1853, back-formation from upholsterer "tradesman who finishes or repairs articles of furniture" (1610s), from upholdester (early 15c.), formed with a diminutive (originally fem.) suffix, from obsolete Middle English noun upholder "dealer in small goods" (early 14c.), from upholden "to repair, uphold, keep from falling or sinking" (in this case, by stuffing); see uphold.

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