re upholster


[uhp-hohl-ster, uh-pohl-]
verb (used with object)
to provide (chairs, sofas, etc.) with coverings, cushions, stuffing, springs, etc.
to furnish (an interior) with hangings, curtains, carpets, or the like.

1850–55, Americanism; back formation from upholsterer

reupholster, verb (used with object)
unupholstered, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
upholster (ʌpˈhəʊlstə)
(tr) to fit (chairs, sofas, etc) with padding, springs, webbing, and covering

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Word Origin & History

1853, back-formation from upholsterer "tradesman who finishes or repairs articles of furniture" (1613), from upholdester (1411), formed with a dim. (originally fem.) suffix, from obsolete M.E. noun upholder "dealer in small goods" (1333), from upholden "to repair, uphold, keep from falling or sinking"
(in this case, by stuffing); see uphold. Upholstery is attested from 1649.
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