bedpost

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bedpost any of 4 vertical supports at the corners of a bedstead
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bedpost Anciently, a post or pin on each side of the bed to keep the clothes from falling off. See Bedstaff.
    • Bedpost One of the four standards that support a bedstead or the canopy over a bedstead.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bedpost Same as bedstaff.
    • n bedpost A post forming an angle of a bedstead, in old bedsteads often rising high enough to support the canopy and rods for the curtain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bedpost a post forming an angle of a bedstead, often in former days high enough to support a canopy
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bed; Ger. bett, Ice. bedr.

Usage

In literature:

There's a little jealousy mixed in there, between you and me and the bedpost.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
The poor lady had a silk handkerchief she wore tied tightly round her throat and fastened to the bedpost.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
And look at the carving on those bedposts.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I can only gnaw the bedpost, or tear up something, in the mere need of expression.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863" by Various
Are you not a bit sorry for the neat little halo that now hangs like a piece of castoff clothing on the bedpost of an adulteress?
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Then he stumbled, and he had to lay hold of the bedpost.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Jack fell on the floor in a heap, striking his head on the bedpost as he did so.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
But at last his eyes closed, and he fell asleep with his head resting against the hard bedpost.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The bottoms and tops of bedposts are employed in the same way.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
Stooping down, he began feeling the foot of one of the bedposts, which at this point formed a bulge.
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre
It shrunk, collapsed, and dwindled down into a bedpost.
"A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others" by Various
On one low bedpost the jacket had been hung, and on the other the battered black hat.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
When the justice returned to the inside room Rathburn moved a chair close against one of the bedposts.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
The farm-wife lifted the girl's hand from the bedpost and caressed it in loving sympathy.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
Between you and me and the bedpost, I doubt if he ever will be.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
He groped for the call bell and found it wound around the bedpost.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
One of the bedposts was addressing her, and the big four-poster itself was dancing a regular jig.
"The Royal Book of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
The waking in the morning is accomplished by two or three black women staring at you from the bedposts.
"Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume I (of 2)" by Harriet Martineau
But at length his eyes closed, and he fell asleep against the hard bedpost.
"Rudy and Babette" by Hans Christian Andersen
In an instant his hand was caught in a noose and fastened to the bedpost.
"The Mercenary" by W. J. Eccott
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In poetry:

Five nights agone I lay at rest
On my suburban couch.
My trousers on the bedpost hung,
Red gold within their pouch.
The twin-gods Law and Order seemed
To me all powerful as I dreamed.
"Culture and Cops" by C J Dennis
Cats walk the floor at midnight; that enemy of fog,
The moon, wraps the bedpost in receding stillness; sleep
Collects all weary nothings and lugs away the towers,
The pinnacles of dust that feed the subway.
"Retroduction To American History" by Allen Tate

In news:

Tree replaces bedpost to stick gum.
Gum sticks to a lot of things -- bedposts, shoes, sidewalks.
He had several hit songs, including "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" and "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight".
Slender tapered bedposts give the pencil -post bed its name.
Salley Mavor's studio is an alternate universe in miniature: seedpods become sleek Tom Thumb-sized boats, acorns morph into tiny hats, and wooden coat toggles serve as bedposts.
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