bed·​rid·​den ˈbed-ˌri-dᵊn How to pronounce bedridden (audio)
variants or less commonly bedrid
: confined (as by illness) to bed

Examples of bedridden in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 45-year-old New Orleans native had been bedridden since an injury in a prison football game left him paralyzed from the neck down more than a decade earlier. ProPublica, 28 Mar. 2024 According to his official biography, Harley was born on Feb. 27, 1951 in London and became especially interested in music and poetry while being bedridden and treated for polio during his childhood. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 18 Mar. 2024 The resident, who had Parkinson’s disease and was bedridden, called her sister-in-law, Jean, to ask for help. Ciara McCarthy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 Mar. 2024 Her arresting work in Martin Scorsese’s epic has been the subject of a little category confusion—her character, Mollie, is central to the plot but goes missing for a good chunk, as she’s bedridden by a conspiratorial plot to kill her. David Sims, The Atlantic, 7 Mar. 2024 And being bedridden for less than two weeks can result in a 5% to 10% reduction in muscle mass in your quadriceps, according to a 2013 study published in The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology. Melanie Radzicki McManus, CNN, 12 Mar. 2024 On earth, people with certain types of cancer, those who are bedridden for a long time and postmenopausal women can lose bone density. Dené K. Dryden, Twin Cities, 5 Feb. 2024 Only bedridden patient requiring ventilation will be transferred by ambulance. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 13 Nov. 2023 His father was bedridden after a stroke, and his mother had been caring for him, said Vadym, who lives nearby with his wife, Nataliya. Carlotta Gall Lynsey Addario, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bedridden was before the 12th century

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“Bedridden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


bed·​rid·​den ˈbed-ˌrid-ᵊn How to pronounce bedridden (audio)
: forced to stay in bed especially by illness or weakness

Medical Definition


bed·​rid·​den ˈbed-ˌrid-ᵊn How to pronounce bedridden (audio)
variants also bedrid
: confined to bed (as by illness)

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