Back-formation from upholsterer (“tradesman who finishes furniture”), from Middle English upholdester, from upholder (“dealer in small goods”), from upholden (“to repair, uphold”); see also uphold.
- (UK) IPA(key): /əˈpɒl.stə(ɹ)/, /əˈpɐl.stə(ɹ)/
upholster (third-person singular simple present upholsters, present participle upholstering, simple past and past participle upholstered)
- To fit padding, stuffing, springs, webbing and fabric covering to furniture.
fit padding etc. to furniture