the side of a bed, especially as the place of one attending the sick.
at or for a bedside:
a bedside table.
Contemporary Examples

“For a better life,” one of the relatives at his bedside said with no irony at all.
Easter Miracle in Brooklyn for Shooting Victim Michael Daly April 19, 2014

They were everywhere—from a bedside lampshade, to the phone, even the bloody ceiling fan.
Gordon Ramsay: 7 Hotel Horrors! Gordon Ramsay August 8, 2012

When she stands by the bedside of a dying Victor McLaglen and sings “Auld Lang Syne,” it is an occasion for real tears.
Shirley Temple Survived Being the Biggest Child Star of All Time With Wit and Grace Malcolm Jones February 10, 2014

He kept his iPhone by his bedside and would draw the dawn using the Brushes app.
The Many Lives of Artist David Hockney William O’Connor November 22, 2014

He said he slept with a loaded shotgun at his bedside on the U.S. side of the border.
On the Hunt for Treviño Morales, Zetas Leader Alfredo Corchado August 5, 2013

Historical Examples

When Mr. Codling was told, he stood for a moment as if dazed, and then asked to be led to Sarah’s bedside.
The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant Alexander Johnstone Wilson

Rico went to the bedside, and looked at the child in silence.
Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri

I do a good deal of writing letters by the bedside, of course—writing all kinds, including love letters.
The Wound Dresser Walt Whitman

She took his hand in both hers, as she often took her mother’s, and stood by the bedside.
Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri

With these cryptic words he slid off the bed, taking with him the large old-fashioned Bible which always lay by Nanna’s bedside.
What Timmy Did Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes


the space by the side of a bed, esp of a sick person
(as modifier): a bedside lamp, a doctor’s bedside manner


late 14c., from bed (n.) + side. Bedside manner attested from 1869.


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