- to provide (chairs, sofas, etc.) with coverings, cushions, stuffing, springs, etc.
- to furnish (an interior) with hangings, curtains, carpets, or the like.
Origin of upholster
Examples from the Web for upholster
Historical Examples of upholster
How many departed monks were required to upholster these six parlors?The Innocents Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Deprive my figure of all drapery, or upholster it like a window-frame.Modern Society
Julia Ward Howe
Under these conditions my Scolia-grubs contrive at most to upholster their little pit with a thick down of reddish silk.More Hunting Wasps
J. Henri Fabre
In the afternoon with the upholster seeing him do things to my mind, and to my content he did fit my chamber and my wife's.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
It would have been plain to any eye that it had cost something to upholster these women.The Gilded Age, Complete
Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
- (tr) to fit (chairs, sofas, etc) with padding, springs, webbing, and covering
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.