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

Examples of bedside in a Sentence

Noun She sat at his bedside until the fever broke.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Prince Andrew's two favorite teddy bears were placed on mahogany thrones at his bedside. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2024 Then living in Los Angeles, Smart flew to New York to be at his bedside in his final days. Rance Collins, Variety, 24 Mar. 2024 Aurora Police Department That arrest warrant contains numerous texts detailing how as Angela Craig was hospitalized, James Craig went back and forth from their home to her bedside to Summerbrook — a husband seemingly supporting his wife and caring for their kids. Natalie Morales, CBS News, 24 Mar. 2024 When James died on March 27, 1625, likely of a malarial fever, George was reportedly at his bedside. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2024 Mj Premier Leaf-Print Table Lamp $41 $30 Place this small lamp on your desk or bedside table for a touch of glowing greenery in any room. Lauren Taylor, Southern Living, 28 Mar. 2024 Is there room in the bureau drawers and enough space on the bedside table for the girl’s stuff? Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2024 The first 48 hours can be especially tenuous, requiring meticulous bedside adjustment of machines and medications, as the patient teeters between life and death. Helen Ouyang, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2024 Pick up the Zinus Lorelai Full Platform Bed Frame while it’s marked down to $74 or these bedside tables that are large enough to hold a few books, yet small enough to fit into most tight spaces at just under 16 inches wide. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 23 Mar. 2024
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

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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 24 Apr. 2024.

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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