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From ward +‎ mate


wardmate (plural wardmates)

  1. A patient in the same ward of a hospital
    • 2002, Gregory J. W. Urwin, Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island[1], ISBN 0803295626, page 290:
      Turning to cheer a worried wardmate, Kennedy announced they had nothing to fear — only to change his mind an instant later when bullets started coming through the ceiling.
    • 2010, Houston Gwynne Jones, The Sonarman's War: A Memoir of Submarine Chasing and Mine Sweeping in World War II[2], ISBN 0786460032, page 94:
      ...in remembrance of hospital wardmate Joe Johnson, who gave me, if not a change in identity, a new name.