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[bed-rohl] /ˈbɛdˌroʊl/
bedding that rolls up for portability and is used especially for sleeping out-of-doors.
Origin of bedroll
1645-55; bed + roll Unabridged
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  • Cheyenne returned to the fire, picked up his bed-roll, and marched off into the bushes.

    Partners of Chance Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • The cook's fire was dead, and that worthy was humped on his bed-roll smoking a pipe.

    Big Timber Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Cheyenne cached the bed-roll, saddles, and cooking-outfit back in the brush, taking only a canteen and a little food.

    Partners of Chance Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • While Meta checked a bed-roll out of stores, Jason painfully dragged a desk, table and chairs in from a nearby empty office.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • Jesse, leaning back against his bed-roll, looked a little serious.

  • Somewhere out on the mesa Cheyenne had spread his bed-roll and was no doubt sleeping peacefully.

    Partners of Chance Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • A man don't pack his shootin'-iron in his bed-roll when he hits the trail.

    Partners of Chance Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • Bartley wondered why he should take the trouble to move his bed-roll such a distance from the water-hole.

    Partners of Chance Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • And mebby I don't feel like a plumb fool, footin' it into Steve's ranch with no hosses and no bed-roll and no reputation.

    Partners of Chance Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • There were two bunks in the cabin, and into one of them, when he had cleared his lip, the stranger tossed his bed-roll.

    Love of Life Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for bed-roll


a portable roll of bedding, such as a sleeping bag, used esp for sleeping in the open
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bed-roll

1905, from bed (n.) + roll (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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