bedpost

noun

bed·​post ˈbed-ˌpōst How to pronounce bedpost (audio)
: the usually turned or carved post of a bed

Examples of bedpost in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the fateful morning, let the housemaid, on entering each visitor’s room, carefully replace the empty stocking dangling on the bedpost with the bulging, worsted one. Nancy Mitford, Vogue, 24 Dec. 2023 The results dashed Youngkin’s dream of hanging his red fleece vest on a White House bedpost after next year’s presidential election. Robert McCartney, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 Prosecutors objected to any early release from prison, noting that McFadden had tied a 17-year-old’s hands and feet to bedposts, cut her shirt off and raped her at knifepoint. Sean Murphy, Anchorage Daily News, 4 May 2023 He was raised working-class in Salford, near Manchester, and first heard hints of the stateside musical revolution by pressing his ear to his bedpost on Sunday nights. Grayson Haver Currin, New York Times, 10 May 2023 Deft movements and practiced flourishes turn a block of spinning wood into a bedpost, top, bowl or some other circular object, each motion peeling away curls of wood to uncover the beauty hidden inside. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 15 Aug. 2017 The girl was able to tell investigators that she was bound to a bedpost for nearly a week and given alcohol to keep her in a drugged state. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bedpost was in 1598

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“Bedpost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bedpost. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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