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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feth -er-bed-ing]
    • /ˈfɛð ərˌbɛd ɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feth -er-bed-ing]
    • /ˈfɛð ərˌbɛd ɪŋ/

Definitions of featherbedding word

  • noun featherbedding the practice of requiring an employer to hire unnecessary employees, to assign unnecessary work, or to limit production according to a union rule or safety statute: Featherbedding forced the railroads to employ firemen on diesel locomotives. 1
  • noun featherbedding Present participle of featherbed. 1
  • noun featherbedding employment of more workers than needed 1
  • noun featherbedding the practice of limiting production, duplicating work, or overmanning, esp in accordance with a union contract, in order to prevent redundancies or create jobs 0
  • noun featherbedding the practice of limiting output or requiring extra workers, as by union contract, in order to provide more jobs and prevent unemployment 0

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Origin of featherbedding

First appearance:

before 1920
One of the 12% newest English words
First recorded in 1920-25; feather + bedding

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Parts of speech for Featherbedding


featherbedding popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 51% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 57% 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.

featherbedding usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for featherbedding

verb featherbedding

  • 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 featherbedding

verb featherbedding

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