acrophobia

noun
ac·​ro·​pho·​bia | \ ˌa-krə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce acrophobia (audio) \

Definition of acrophobia

: abnormal dread of being in a high place : fear of heights

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from acrophobia

acrophobe \ ˈa-​krə-​ˌfōb How to pronounce acrophobe (audio) \ noun
acrophobic \ ˌa-​krə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce acrophobic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of acrophobia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Examples: acrophobia, the fear of heights; arachnophobia, the fear of spiders. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "Feeling Anxious? So Is Everyone Else. This Guide Will Help.," 8 July 2019 Latest Stories Virtual reality helped people with acrophobia, a fear of heights, overcome their fear and venture onto mountains and rope bridges, researchers said. NBC News, "Virtual reality helps cure real-life fear of heights, study finds," 11 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'acrophobia.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of acrophobia

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acrophobia

borrowed from Italian acrofobia, from acro- acro- + -fobia -phobia

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about acrophobia

Statistics for acrophobia

Last Updated

17 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for acrophobia

The first known use of acrophobia was circa 1888

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for acrophobia

acrophobia

noun
ac·​ro·​pho·​bia | \ ˌak-rə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce acrophobia (audio) \

Medical Definition of acrophobia

: abnormal or pathological dread of being in a high place : fear of heights

Other Words from acrophobia

acrophobic \ -​bik How to pronounce acrophobic (audio) \ adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on acrophobia

Nglish: Translation of acrophobia for Spanish Speakers

Comments on acrophobia

What made you want to look up acrophobia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!