- featherbedding feath‧er‧bed‧ding [ˈfeDəˌbedɪŋ ǁ -Dər-] noun [uncountable] COMMERCEwhen there are more workers to do a job than are really needed. trade are often accused of forcing employers to do this when workers risk losing their jobs because new machines are being introduced:
• Management says it needs to get rid of featherbedding and other labor abuses and save $50 million annually.
* * *featherbedding UK US /ˌfeðəˈbedɪŋ/ US /ˈfeðərˌbedɪŋ/ noun [U] WORKPLACE► the practice of employing more workers than necessary: »
Today's front page story covers the featherbedding that seems to be a feature of almost all city departments.
Financial and business terms. 2012.