bed·​rid·​den | \ ˈbed-ˌri-dᵊn How to pronounce bedridden (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bedrid \ ˈbed-​ˌrid How to pronounce bedrid (audio) \

Definition of bedridden

: confined (as by illness) to bed

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For years, the floor-grazing pieces have reminded me of going to a funeral, a Victorian woman who is always bedridden, or my summers at an Orthodox Jewish camp where long skirts were the dress code for many Torah-abiding girls. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Let Us Reconsider the Long Skirt," 21 Dec. 2018 Wilson, 64, went on hospice care just about a year ago after multiple strokes and debilitating injuries that keep her bedridden. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "When a loved one needs hospice, you’ll have new options in Idaho. Like a death doula. | Idaho Statesman," 21 Mar. 2018 Carl Bates, a farmer in Galva, Illinois, was all set to harvest his crops this year when an aggressive form of cancer left him bedridden. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "When This Farmer Was Sidelined By Cancer, His Town Stepped In to Finish the Harvest," 7 Oct. 2015 When an illness left me bedridden weeks after childbirth, my aunt delivered some cans of formula and urged me to make my recovery a priority. Shanon Lee, Redbook, "Why I Refuse to Feel Shame for Bottle Feeding," 14 July 2015 My mom, who is 79, has emphysema that keeps her on oxygen and bedridden nearly 24 hours a day. Jill Gleeson, Woman's Day, "My Brother Died of an Overdose at 43," 6 Dec. 2016 At each delivery, women jump out of the van wearing plastic gloves and carry food to the homes of the nearly 100 bedridden or elderly people in this small community. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "Months after Maria, Puerto Ricans take recovery into their own hands," 7 May 2018 After 14 months off the court to recover not just from childbirth, but from near fatal complications that kept her bedridden for six weeks, Williams will compete in the French Open, dropped from her previous rank of No. 1 down to No. 453. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Serena Williams Will Return to Grand Slam Tennis At a Lower Rank Because the Sport Still Treats Childbirth Like an Injury," 22 May 2018 Last year, hospitalized and bedridden for several months following a suicide attempt, Salina Marie Gomez turned on individual notifications for Elon Musk’s tweets. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "The gospel of Elon Musk, according to his flock," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of bedridden

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bedridden

alteration of Middle English bedrede, bedreden, from Old English bedreda, from bedreda one confined to bed, from bedd bed + -rida, -reda, from rīdan to ride — more at bed entry 1, ride entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bedridden

: forced to stay in bed because of illness or weakness


bed·​rid·​den | \ ˈbed-ˌri-dᵊn How to pronounce bedridden (audio) \

Kids Definition of bedridden

: forced to stay in bed by sickness or weakness bedridden patients


bed·​rid·​den | \ ˈbed-ˌrid-ᵊn How to pronounce bedridden (audio) \
variants: also bedrid \ -​ˌrid How to pronounce bedrid (audio) \

Medical Definition of bedridden

: confined to bed (as by illness)

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