upholster

[ uhp-hohl-ster, uh-pohl- ]
/ ʌpˈhoʊl stər, əˈpoʊl- /

verb (used with object)

to provide (chairs, sofas, etc.) with coverings, cushions, stuffing, springs, etc.
to furnish (an interior) with hangings, curtains, carpets, or the like.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. upheave,
  2. upheld,
  3. uphill,
  4. uphold,
  5. upholder,
  6. upholstered,
  7. upholsterer,
  8. upholstery,
  9. uphroe,
  10. upi

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 upholster

upholster

/ (ʌpˈhəʊlstə) /

verb

(tr) to fit (chairs, sofas, etc) with padding, springs, webbing, and covering
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Word Origin and History for upholster

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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