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
Recent Examples on the Web If staying at home during your time off is bound to drive you stir-crazy, camping is a sure cure for cabin fever. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 28 Aug. 2023 There's just something about a Target trip that cures my cabin fever and all minor spats of anxiety. WIRED, 27 Nov. 2022 They are trapped inside their home and getting cabin fever by the minute. Leah Hall, Country Living, 17 July 2023 For local fans, Sunday’s Legendz of the Streetz Tour concert was the remedy for cabin fever. Dallas News, 7 Feb. 2023 Within the last few years as the pandemic raged on, as pool tables and ping-pong tables became hot commodities to stave off cabin fever, the market for home arcade machines skyrocketed, thanks to a handful of companies creating real-deal replicas with price tags in the hundreds, not the thousands. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 4 Oct. 2022 The concept has been widely predicted in the media since 2020, but has picked up speed since vaccines became widely available in spring 2021, and restless people were eager to shake their cabin fever. Byjane Thier, Fortune, 9 June 2023 And after years of living at the Train Station, Paulina was getting cabin fever. The Foretold Team, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2023 Today might come with a side of cabin fever. Chicago Tribune, 30 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cabin fever was in 1918

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Cite this Entry

“Cabin fever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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