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See also: death-bed and death bed


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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 and Totenbett (both “deathbed”), Danish dødsleje (deathbed).



deathbed (plural deathbeds)

  1. The bed on which someone dies.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 254:
      He was once on his way to an old woman, who was on her death-bed and who had led a wicked life.
  2. The last hours before death.

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Usage notes[edit]

All three forms deathbed, death-bed, death bed are in use but deathbed seems to be preferred.