Bedrid Bed"rid`, Bedridden Bed"rid`den, a. [OE. bedrede, AS. bedreda, bedrida; from bed, bedd, a bed or couch + ridda a rider; cf. OHG. pettiriso, G. bettrise. See {Bed}, n., and {Ride}, v. i. ] Confined to the bed by sickness or infirmity. ``Her decrepit, sick, and bedrid father.'' --Shak. ``The estate of a bedridden old gentleman.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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  • bedridden — adjective confined to bed by sickness or old age. Origin ME: formed irregularly from archaic bedrid bedridden person , from the base of ride …   English new terms dictionary

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  • bedridden — /ˈbɛdrɪdn / (say bedridn) adjective confined to bed. {variant (by confusion with past participle) of bedrid, obsolete, bedridden, from Middle English bedrede, Old English bedreda, rida literally, bed rider} …   Australian English dictionary

  • bedridden — also bedrid adjective Etymology: alteration of Middle English bedrede, bedreden, from Old English bedreda, from bedreda one confined to bed, from bedd bed + rida, reda, from rīdan to ride more at bed, ride Date: before 12th century confined (as… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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