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wardmate (plural wardmates)
- a pal met while staying at a hospital
2002, Gregory J. W. Urwin, Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island, 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, ISBN 0786460032, page 94:
- ...in remembrance of hospital wardmate Joe Johnson, who gave me, if not a change in identity, a new name.