deathbed

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See also: death-bed and death bed

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note: all three forms are in use but deathbed seems to be preferred.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English dethbed, from Old English dēaþbed, dēaþbedd (deathbed; grave), equivalent to death +‎ bed. Cognate with Swedish dödsbädd (deathbed). Compare also Dutch sterfbed (deathbed), German Sterbebett (deathbed), Danish dødsleje (deathbed).

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Noun[edit]

deathbed (plural deathbeds)

  1. The bed on which someone dies.
  2. The last hours before death.

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