bed·​sit·​ter ˈbed-ˌsi-tər How to pronounce bedsitter (audio)
variants or less commonly bed-sitter
plural bedsitters also bed-sitters
: a one-room apartment serving as both bedroom and sitting room : bedsit
Ebury Street with its bedsitters, flatlets, small businesses, and round the corner a post-office, could not afford airs.Patrick White

Examples of bedsitter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Samson and Gregor moved their mother, the sofa, and whatever else out of Lotte’s ample apartment could be made to fit, into the bedsitter in the Hudson Valley. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2017

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Word History


bed-sitting room + -er (as in fresher freshman, rugger rugby)

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bedsitter was in 1899

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“Bedsitter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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