One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A kind of wheelchair for invalids, typically with a hood.
- ‘After a time he lost the power of walking and had to exchange his daily constitutional for a bath chair, but no murmur of complaint escaped him.’
- ‘Later he went mad and spent three or four years in a bath chair spitting and making inappropriate suggestions to the nurses.’
- ‘Nurse, the bath chair, please - I must be getting home.’
- ‘I can see myself sitting in a bath chair at 130 years old, rug over my knees, wheezing like an old concertina, as I regale everyone with tales of Glastonbury festival 1996 (those were the days).’
- ‘However, the items that would be of most use is an old bath chair and an old style telephone.’
Early 19th century: named after the city of Bath, which attracted many invalids because of the supposed curative powers of its hot springs.
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