Someone who is bedridden is so ill or disabled that they cannot get out of bed.

He had to spend two years bedridden with an injury.

...bedridden patients.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • bedridden — (adj.) also bed ridden, mid 14c., from adjectival use of late O.E. bæddrædæn bedridden (man), from bedrid, from O.E. bedreda, lit. bedrider, bedridden (man), from BED (Cf. bed) + rida rider (see RIDE (Cf. ride) (v.)). Originally a noun, it became …   Etymology dictionary

  • bedridden — index disabled (made incapable) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bedridden — [adj] sick in bed ailing, disabled, flat on one’s back*, ill, incapacitated, infirm, invalid, laid up*, prostrate; concepts 314,485,489 …   New thesaurus

  • bedridden — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ confined to bed by sickness or old age …   English terms dictionary

  • bedridden — [bed′rid′ n] adj. [ME bedrede(n) < OE bedreda < bed, BED + rida, rider < ridan, to RIDE] having to stay in bed, usually for a long period, because of illness, infirmity, etc.: also bedrid …   English World dictionary

  • Bedridden — Bedrid Bed rid , Bedridden Bed rid den, a. [OE. bedrede, AS. bedreda, bedrida; from bed, bedd, a bed or couch + ridda a rider; cf. OHG. pettiriso, G. bettrise. See {Bed}, n., and {Ride}, v. i. ] Confined to the bed by sickness or infirmity. Her… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bedridden — adjective confined to bed by sickness or old age. Origin ME: formed irregularly from archaic bedrid bedridden person , from the base of ride …   English new terms dictionary

  • bedridden — adjective Jake will be bedridden for weeks Syn: confined to bed, sick in bed, laid up, immobilized, flat on one s back …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • bedridden — /ˈbɛdrɪdn / (say bedridn) adjective confined to bed. {variant (by confusion with past participle) of bedrid, obsolete, bedridden, from Middle English bedrede, Old English bedreda, rida literally, bed rider} …   Australian English dictionary

  • bedridden — also bedrid adjective Etymology: 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, ride Date: before 12th century confined (as… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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