cabin fever

noun

Definition of cabin fever 

: extreme irritability and restlessness from living in isolation or a confined indoor area for a prolonged time

Examples of cabin fever in a Sentence

She suffered from cabin fever during the long winter. a bad case of cabin fever

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Right around mid-February, a persistent case of cabin fever sets in. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Soups for a cause fight the winter doldrums," 10 Mar. 2018 Byron suggested that the group stave off cabin fever by writing ghost stories, and the first science fiction novel was born. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Hunting for Frankenstein Amid Switzerland's Melting Glaciers and Nuclear Bunkers," 21 May 2018 That hat, and cabin fever and lake day-themed pieces are among Lake Effect Co.'s best selling items. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Sconnie' capitalism: Milwaukee brands make all the hometown gear you could ever want," 20 Feb. 2018 While some water-centric getaways this time of year require nerves of steel, stamina, and a willingness to get drenched, that’s just the ticket for adventurers in search of a cure for those last vestiges of cabin fever. Carla Minsky, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wetsuits, Whitewater and the Whoosh of Spring," 13 Apr. 2018 So shake off that cabin fever, stretch your legs in the great outdoors and welcome back the migrants to their nesting grounds. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Celebrate the return of spring songbirds to NE Ohio with the 85th Annual Spring Bird Walks," 9 Apr. 2018 Such distractions are thirsted for, of course, by many in the Capitol during the budget process, an always laborious process marked by late nights and severe cases of cabin fever. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "We Interrupt These Budget Talks for a Reporter’s Arrest and a Coyote," 28 Mar. 2018 If the January cold is giving you cabin fever, Amazon's got several DeWalt deals today that could help kickstart any projects that have been lingering. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Keep Things Level With Today's Discounted DeWalt Tools," 17 Jan. 2018 Pack the bags, load the car, and dodge the cabin fever. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, "Time to make your vacation escape plan," 14 Feb. 2018

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1918, in the meaning defined above

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cabin fever

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cabin fever

: an unhappy and impatient feeling that comes from being indoors for too long

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