Definition of bedside in English:



  • The space beside a bed (used especially with reference to an invalid's bed)

    ‘he was summoned to the bedside of a dying man’
    as modifier ‘a bedside lamp’
    • ‘There was a double bed, made nicely and a bedside table with a small lamp and alarm clock.’
    • ‘The maid puts the morning tray on a bedside table and throws open the bedroom curtains.’
    • ‘They sit at the kids' bedsides, fanning and comforting their cancer-ridden offspring.’
    • ‘By the women's bedsides are an assortment of family members, and I ask them what happened.’
    • ‘She sat down on her bed and picked up the phone that was lying on her bedside table.’
    • ‘Yet all of the participants in the study had family members at their bedsides in the holding area because family members had to be present to drive them home after the surgical procedure.’
    • ‘The British High Commission in South Africa was yesterday involved in arrangements for relatives to travel to the bedsides of the injured, and for the return home of the victims' bodies.’
    • ‘He laid his bag down on the bed to take out his plants and put them on the bedside table.’
    • ‘The one-on-one interaction of patient and musician created a crucial intimacy; the expressions on the faces of friends and family members at the patients' bedsides revealed a deep sense of connection and release.’
    • ‘The couple sat by the bedside of their heavily sedated son and explained to him what they were thinking of doing.’
    • ‘Volunteers visited patients at their bedsides to take requests for songs as well as talking to visitors and staff for the show.’
    • ‘I felt tears approaching, but I blinked them away as I crossed the room to his bedside.’
    • ‘Now patients are more likely to have a private room and a bedside keypad to choose a lunch created by top chefs.’
    • ‘To be fair, Jez put up a bedside table and a chest of drawers for my bedroom yesterday.’
    • ‘Their mum and dad, Noureen, 34, and Ehsan, 36, who works as a security guard, have been at their bedsides.’
    • ‘I wake up on time, greatly due to the fact that I set three alarms last night and put them all on my bedside table.’
    • ‘If there had been a cup of tea and a digestive biscuit on the bedside table, it would have been the perfect way to wake up.’
    • ‘They can't be at their bedsides, but they are recording story tapes for their families to listen to at home.’
    • ‘These throngs of people standing in high-profile vigils could disperse and go individually to thousands of bedsides and visit those who suffer in isolation.’
    • ‘The woman resident could not sleep, turned on the bedside lamp and started to read.’


  • bedside manner

    • A doctor's approach or attitude to a patient.

      ‘my reputation for a sympathetic bedside manner’
      ‘he was brisk and elderly with very little bedside manner’
      • ‘On the other hand, I am now more convinced than ever that Maggie will make a great doctor: what, with her bedside manner and everything.’
      • ‘What good they did was mostly achieved through a confident bedside manner, reassuring the patient that all would be well.’
      • ‘Eliss' bedside manner was almost precisely what he needed, and he could feel some of the tension that bunched in his shoulders and neck letting go with her competence and comfort.’
      • ‘Brushing up on your bedside manner may mean more to your patients than spending more time with them.’
      • ‘The aim is to produce young doctors who know the theory, but also have the experience and bedside manner to deal with patients face to face.’
      • ‘Actually talk to them, treat them like human beings, it's the bedside manner it comes down to at the end of the day.’
      • ‘Again the staff's bedside manner was impeccable, and helped us through a long evening of hanging around waiting to feel better.’
      • ‘It was not just their approach in general because I observed their amicable bedside manner with other patients.’
      • ‘As much as I personally like your bedside manner, I just don't see you as the healing type.’
      • ‘His authoritative bedside manner would also have contributed to his success with patients.’
      • ‘As a future doctor, the young Mr. Haze already feels that he is developing a rather nice bedside manner, which his many patients will greatly appreciate one day.’
      • ‘It was less the technical aspect - she was very comfortable with administering medicine and treatment - but her bedside manner.’
      • ‘Nurses complain that doctors don't listen to patients, don't explain things to patients, don't want to collaborate, have terrible bedside manner… and on and on.’
      • ‘You just now have a doctor with a better bedside manner.’
      • ‘For example, we assume our doctors know medicine, so we judge them on their bedside manner.’
      • ‘With a pleasant bedside manner, he made me feel very comfortable and took the time to provide me with a detailed explanation of what the chemo treatments involved and how they would be administered.’
      • ‘Patients equate ‘goodness’ with up to date medical knowledge and clinical skill, strong ethical standards, and a bedside manner that is empathetic, courteous, and kind.’
      • ‘In fact, the main aspects of quality we see and judge are waiting times, the reception area, hospital food and the doctor's bedside manner.’
      • ‘He is quite bright and has the most impeccable bedside manner.’
      • ‘The idea of the scheme is to let medical staff understand how it feels to be a patient and how simple amendments to their bedside manner can make all the difference to good care.’