From Middle English abedde, on bedde (“bed”), from Old English bedd (“bed”). Equivalent to a- (“in, on”) + bed.
abed (not comparable)
- In bed, or on the bed; confined to bed. [First attested from 1150 to 1350.]
- 1948, Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country, London: Jonathan Cape, Chapter 12,
- Who can lie peacefully abed, while the darkness holds some secret?
- To childbed
- ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , →ISBN), page 3