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[bed-sahyd] /ˈbɛdˌsaɪd/
the side of a bed, especially as the place of one attending the sick.
at or for a bedside:
a bedside table.
Origin of bedside
1325-75; Middle English; orig. bed + 's1 + side1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for bedside
  • My two companions, safe and sound, were at my bedside clasping my hands.
  • The town's eight physicians hurried from case to case, able to spend only a few minutes at each bedside.
  • Medical expertise, bedside manner, and cultural competence are critical to practicing the best medicine.
  • My father had a loaded pistol in the drawer of his bedside table.
  • Then he rejoined his brother by the sister's bedside.
  • She knelt down and prayed by his bedside, as he did too, having still hold of her hand.
  • The farmer soon heard their stifled whispers and light steps by his bedside, and understood they were rummaging his clothes.
  • Your next physician could have the bedside manner of a robot.
  • Sit by their bedside for twenty-four hours and watch them die.
  • She could hardly get to a bedside commode without two people helping her.
British Dictionary definitions for bedside


  1. the space by the side of a bed, esp of a sick person
  2. (as modifier): a bedside lamp, a doctor's bedside manner
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Word Origin and History for bedside

late 14c., from bed (n.) + side. Bedside manner attested from 1869.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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