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feather bed

feath·er bed
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feth -er bed]
    • /ˈfɛð ər bɛd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feth -er bed]
    • /ˈfɛð ər bɛd/

Definitions of feather bed words

  • noun feather bed a mattress or a bed cover, as a quilt, stuffed with soft feathers. 1
  • noun feather bed a mattress filled with feathers or down 0
  • verb feather bed to pamper; spoil 0
  • verb feather bed to be subject to or engage in featherbedding 0
  • verb feather bed to limit production, duplicate work, or overman, esp in accordance with a union contract, in order to prevent redundancies or create jobs 0
  • noun feather bed a strong cloth container thickly filled with feathers or down, used as a mattress 0

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Origin of feather bed

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English, Old English

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Feather bed

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

feather bed popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 40% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 70% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

feather bed usage trend in Literature

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