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bed +‎ staff


bedstaff (plural bedstaffs or bedstaves)

  1. (obsolete) A wooden pin stuck on the sides of a bedstead, to prevent the bedclothes from slipping on either side.
    • Ben Jonson
      Hostess, accommodate us with a bedstaff.
    • Brome
      Say there is no virtue in cudgels and bedstaves.


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for bedstaff in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)