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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feth -er-bed]
    • /ˈfɛð ərˌbɛd/
    • /ˌfeð.əˈbed/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feth -er-bed]
    • /ˈfɛð ərˌbɛd/

Definitions of featherbed word

  • noun featherbed A bed that has a mattress stuffed with feathers. 1
  • adjective featherbed of, facilitating, or having to do with featherbedding 0
  • intransitive verb featherbed to engage in or subject to featherbedding 0

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Origin of featherbed

First appearance:

before 1945
One of the 6% newest English words
First recorded in 1945-50; back formation from featherbedding

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Parts of speech for Featherbed


featherbed popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 61% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

featherbed usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for featherbed

verb featherbed

  • coast — The coast is an area of land that is next to the sea.
  • diddle — If someone diddles you, they take money from you dishonestly or unfairly.
  • doodle — a small pile of hay; haystack.
  • fool around — a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense.
  • hang around — to fasten or attach (a thing) so that it is supported only from above or at a point near its own top; suspend.

Antonyms for featherbed

verb featherbed

Top questions with featherbed

  • how to make a bed with a featherbed?
  • what is a featherbed?
  • how to use a featherbed?

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