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upholster

[uhp-hohl-ster, uh-pohl-] /ʌpˈhoʊl stər, əˈpoʊl-/
verb (used with object)
1.
to provide (chairs, sofas, etc.) with coverings, cushions, stuffing, springs, etc.
2.
to furnish (an interior) with hangings, curtains, carpets, or the like.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; back formation from upholsterer
Related forms
reupholster, verb (used with object)
unupholstered, adjective
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Examples from the web for upholster
  • All fabrics will be purchased by the vendor to be used to upholster the fabric.
  • Mend shoes, re-upholster furniture and patch clothing.
  • He will turn out all kinds of upholster ing in new, repair and finishing work.
British Dictionary definitions for upholster

upholster

/ʌpˈhəʊlstə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to fit (chairs, sofas, etc) with padding, springs, webbing, and covering
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Word Origin and History for upholster
v.

1853, back-formation from upholsterer "tradesman who finishes or repairs articles of furniture" (1610s), from upholdester (early 15c.), formed with a diminutive (originally fem.) suffix, from obsolete Middle English noun upholder "dealer in small goods" (early 14c.), from upholden "to repair, uphold, keep from falling or sinking" (in this case, by stuffing); see uphold.

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