featherbed

adjective
feath·​er·​bed | \ˈfe-t͟hər-ˌbed \

Definition of featherbed 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: calling for, sanctioning, or resulting from featherbedding a featherbed rule a featherbed job

featherbed

verb
featherbedded; featherbedding; featherbeds

Definition of featherbed (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : to require that more workers be hired than are needed

b : to limit production under a featherbed rule

2 : to do featherbed work or put in time under a featherbed rule

transitive verb

1 : to bring under a featherbed rule

2 : to assist (something, such as an industry) by government aid

feather bed

noun

Definition of feather bed (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a feather mattress

2 : a bed having a feather mattress

Examples of featherbed in a Sentence

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Blue-, orange-, and green-hued rooms have travertine showers and feather beds. Condé Nast Traveler, "Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of featherbed

Adjective

1938, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1949, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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feather bed

noun

English Language Learners Definition of feather bed

: a bed with a mattress that is filled with feathers

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