One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A device for warming a bed, typically a metal pan filled with warm coals.
- ‘There was a bed too, with soft white sheets, and a willing maid with a copper bed-warmer full of hot coals.’
- ‘Part of the hotel's hospitality included a maid who came to warm the guest's bed with a bed-warmer.’
- ‘‘Maybe he finally wants a bed-warmer,’ blankly stated one of the four kitchen hands, James.’
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