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From Middle English Bedefordschire, from Old English Bedanfordsċīr, equivalent to Bedford +‎ shire.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɛd.fəd.ʃə(ɹ)/
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Proper nounEdit


  1. A midland county of England, county town Bedford, bounded by Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
  2. (Britain, slang) Bed.
    • 1993, Tom Wakefield, War Paint:
      I'll be up to Bedfordshire if you two don't mind. I'm on early shift in the morning so I'll have to be up and out by five.
    • 1998, Mary Sheepshanks, A Price for Everything:
      Now come along young lady, up to Bedfordshire.

Usage notesEdit

The slang sense is used only for bed in its uncountable sense of a place to sleep, never to refer to an individual piece of furniture.

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