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