bedside

1 of 2

noun

bed·​side ˈbed-ˌsīd How to pronounce bedside (audio)
: the side of a bed : a place beside a bed

bedside

2 of 2

adjective

1
: of, relating to, or conducted at the bedside
a bedside diagnosis
2
: suitable for reading in bed
a bedside book

Example Sentences

Noun She sat at his bedside until the fever broke.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
This affordable wellness journal could make a great bedside staple for some grounding me-time. L.a. Hubilla, Peoplemag, 9 Jan. 2023 Initially, Hamlin could only write messages to family members and doctors at his bedside (including to ask who won the gameagainst the Bengals). Mike Hayes, CNN, 9 Jan. 2023 Next, focus on the nightstand or bedside table, which can easily become a drop zone for random items like books, hair ties and half-empty water glasses. Christina Sturdivant Sani, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Jan. 2023 Next, focus on the nightstand or bedside table, which can easily become a drop zone for random items like books, hair ties and half-empty water glasses. Christina Sturdivant Sani, Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2023 The Red Cross has a program to install a limited number of specialized bedside alarms for those who cannot afford them. Lynn Redmile, Good Housekeeping, 3 Jan. 2023 Trucks with the kit are identified by their bedside graphics, smoked headlights and taillights, and orange body accents. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 28 Dec. 2022 Another lubrication that many couples like to keep on their bedside is this one. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2022 But with the ubiquity of health-tracking and sensors on your wrist, your finger and your bedside table — your toilet seems like the inevitable next frontier that companies will tout. Dallas News, 5 Jan. 2023
Adjective
Keep bedside necessities nearby and out of sight with a chest that has multiple drawers, like this 12-drawer one in a home designed by Les Ensembliers. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 18 Jan. 2023 This obviously changed the relationship between the bedside providers and hospital leadership. Time, 10 Jan. 2023 In Ninni Ryott’s diminutive rural cabin, a tiny sleeping loft is fitted with a bedside stool is from Åhléns, and the white linseed-oil paint on the walls is by Kulturhantverkarna Färg. Kate Mcgregor, ELLE Decor, 21 Dec. 2022 Designer Peter Dunham created a custom curtain wall and installed bedside sconces to give this small bedroom a regal feel. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 16 Dec. 2022 This bedside charger and ambient light will elevate anyone's nightly routine. Vanessa Powell, Men's Health, 14 Dec. 2022 The overhaul included sleeping quarters that featured queen-size beds and bedside tables, according to the report. Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2022 Musk, who now runs Twitter as well as Tesla, published a photo of his bedside table showing, among other things, four open cans of Diet Coke. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 1 Dec. 2022 Then tell 'em to keep the tray for all the bedside meals in their future (hint, hint). Cailey Lindberg, Good Housekeeping, 24 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bedside was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bedside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bedside. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

bedside

noun
bed·​side
-ˌsīd
: the place beside a bed especially of a sick or dying person

Medical Definition

bedside

1 of 2 noun
bed·​side ˈbed-ˌsīd How to pronounce bedside (audio)
: a place beside a bed especially of a bedridden person

bedside

2 of 2 adjective
1
: of, relating to, or conducted at the bedside of a bedridden patient
a bedside diagnosis
2
: suitable for a bedridden person
bedside reading

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