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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BEDLAR, n. A person confined to bed, a bedridden person. [′bɛdlər]Mry. 1868 G. Macdonald Seaboard Par. I. x.:
Two patients . . . bedlars, as you will find the common people in the part you are going to, call them — bedridden, that is.

[Bed + O.N. lag, lying, and suff. er; cf. Mid.Eng. bedlawere; Mod.Eng. dial. bedlier [′bɛdlaɪər]. Ger. bettläger. O.Sc. bedlare, adj.; n. bedlayar, bedlyar, bedler. See Bedral.]

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