Definition of bedridden in English:

bedridden

adjective

  • Confined to bed by sickness or old age.

    • ‘And I was the last person to interview William Gerhardy, who was then bedridden and about 90.’
    • ‘She tenderly cares for her bedridden mother (euthanasia not being next on her agenda).’
    • ‘Anatoli, 38, has been bedridden for the last two years, crippled by the same disease.’
    • ‘It saved his life but left him severely disabled: unable to speak, bedridden, and paralysed for eight months before he died.’
    • ‘The father-of-two was bedridden for months as he battled to overcome extensive injuries.’
    • ‘The old lady was helplessly bedridden but was nursed to health by this caring neighbour.’
    • ‘Like the English cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, John began drawing to while away the hours when bedridden as a child.’
    • ‘Being bedridden and isolated eventually bores Christiane, so she requests her television set.’
    • ‘A woman calls on behalf of her husband, Luis, who is bedridden because of serious pain and swelling in his legs.’
    • ‘From then he was bedridden and he died in hospital 12 weeks later.’
    • ‘They were an ancient bedridden couple, propped up side-by-side on pillows.’
    • ‘I have been bedridden for 10 years, so I have had quite a lot of different carers over the years.’
    • ‘Lusty young rock bands and just about everyone else shuddered at the prospect of bedridden helplessness and a general loss of independence.’
    • ‘But I'm not ready yet because it hurts a lot and I would be bedridden for at least eight months.’
    • ‘He was bedridden and immobile, and literally nothing but skin and bone by the end.’
    • ‘When the evictors arrived at one home they found only a bedridden woman, Margaret Mackay, who was almost 100 years old.’
    • ‘About five years ago, she developed unbearable pain in her knee joints and has been bedridden since then.’
    • ‘Every 30-40 days I am bedridden with high fever, pain on both sides of neck and am unable to eat.’
    • ‘During their stay, some of them have fallen ill and are bedridden.’
    • ‘She has to make sure she turns the bedridden every two hours, or they will get bedsores.’
    confined to bed, housebound, out of action, out of commission
    disabled, incapacitated, paralysed, immobilized
    laid up, flat on one's back
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Origin

Middle English: formed irregularly from archaic bedrid ‘bedridden person’, from the base of the verb ride.

Pronunciation

bedridden

/ˈbɛdrɪd(ə)n/