One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A camp bed, particularly a portable, collapsible one.
- ‘Looking down, she noticed she was lying on a sort of army cot.’
- ‘We all shared the bedroom, my parents on twin beds and Carrie and I on cots.’
- ‘After saying my goodnights, I returned to my tent and got comfortable on my collapsible cot.’
- ‘There was a cot pulled between the two beds that Beth volunteered for.’
- ‘With the knowledge that my mother would live, I collapsed into a deep sleep on one of the army cots my father had rented for my sister and myself.’
- ‘Then, after he had rolled up his cot, he set both the blanket and the cot in a corner.’
- ‘I lay on the green rollaway cot on the floor beside her.’
- ‘Tents were collapsed hurriedly, cots were folded and thrown onto the backs of trucks.’
- ‘She rolled my cot from the closet and opened it in the middle of the room, leaving just enough space for us to walk sideways between the sofa and the cot in case we had to go to the bathroom.’
- ‘With trepidation, he slowly got out of one of the portable cots of the type that everyone slept in and put on a pair of cloth trousers.’
- 1.1 A plain narrow bed.
- ‘The bed was a metal cot with an army-class mattress and sheets.’
- ‘He has a metal cot with a mattress, stainless steel sink, and that's it.’
- ‘It was next to a small lake and had a bed, a cot, and a kitchenette.’
- ‘The two carried the unconscious body quickly to the tavern, through its small door and down a flight of stairs to a large room with cots and wooden beds lining the walls.’
- ‘The bed itself wasn't even a bed, but a cot with stuffing and springs hanging out of the rips.’
- ‘The concrete floor in the living room where she sits on an old cot cradling her son is bare and cold.’
- ‘Space-saving furniture, especially cots, sofas and beanbags, demonstrated that it was possible to mix aesthetics with functionality.’
- ‘And hence, what you get here is an entire range of household furniture; from sofa sets to dining tables and cots.’
- ‘The bed was more like a cot and covered with a bright blue sheet.’
- ‘The bed was little more than a cot, but she loved its simplicity.’
- ‘She led me upstairs and showed me a narrow room with a long line of narrow cots.’
- ‘She was laying down on a small bed, a cot really, in an old, wooden house.’
- ‘The once comfortable beds and blankets were replaced with cots and holey sheets.’
- ‘The cell had a light and it also had a small cot in the corner.’
- ‘He walked back over to his cot and sat down on the unmade bed.’
- ‘I claimed the one in the corner and Suze plopped down on the cot next to me.’
- ‘The only furniture was his bed, more of a cot really, and a dresser with a small oil lamp on it.’
- ‘I threw it under my cot and climbed into bed, eager to sleep away the night.’
- ‘One can buy cots, dining tables, sofa sets and corner stands in this section.’
- ‘He tried to turn over, but the cot was too narrow and he couldn't move.’
- 1.2British A baby's crib.
cradle, bassinet, moses basket, carrycotView synonyms
- ‘The Department of Health recommends that babies sleep in a cot or crib in their parents' room for the first six months.’
- ‘Plans to improve heart services and provide an extra intensive-care cot for poorly newborn babies have been unveiled.’
- ‘There will be a separate sleeping area for the babies with one cot per child, then a separate nappy changing area and a separate milk kitchen for the preparation of their milk.’
- ‘For five or six times each day she bottle feeds him before settling him to sleep in a baby's cot near a radiator in her Doncaster home.’
- ‘It's a small room, with next to no room for manoeuvring, as most of it is occupied by a double bed, a large wardrobe and the baby's cot.’
- ‘Then tie it to the baby's cot at night to reduce separation anxiety.’
- ‘The suite also provides a printed Memory Book for each baby, containing the baby's cot card, hand and foot prints, photographs and sometimes some of the baby's hair.’
- ‘The baby's cot stands against the window wall, the double bed occupies the centre of the room, my small cream-painted bed is nearest the door.’
Mid 17th century (originally Anglo-Indian, denoting a light bedstead): from Hindi khāṭ ‘bedstead, hammock’.
Old English, of Germanic origin; compare with Old Norse kytja ‘hovel’; related to cote.
- ‘Tangent is usually abbreviated to tan and cotangent to cot.’
- ‘As a mathematician he is best known as the first to use the notation cot.’
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