cabin fever


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
Recent Examples on the Web During peak pandemic cabin fever, JoySauce pulled together a group of Asian American comedians for a riotously funny night of standup on Zoom. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 27 Apr. 2022 Weeks and then months pass in a torpor of cabin fever and green screens, and arguably things happen — a defection, a few infections, a sudden act of surprisingly squishy violence. Leah Greenblatt,, 1 Apr. 2022 Henry David Thoreau had incipient cabin fever but didn’t recognize it. The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 But surging gas prices and other hiccups in the economy may temper your ability to cure cabin fever. Rick Henderson, The Week, 29 Mar. 2022 Doing so can shock dormant or resting houseplants, so resist the urge (and try starting some seeds to soothe your cabin fever instead). Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Nov. 2021 His particular case of Russian cabin fever preceded terrible consequences. The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 After a long winter of cabin fever, the adrenaline-chaser in many of us is itching to be scratched. Joshua Gunter, cleveland, 2 Apr. 2022 If conversations with colleagues, neighbors and strangers in the produce aisle at Jewel are any indication, a lot of us are seeking a meaningful remedy for cold-weather cabin fever. Chicago Tribune Staff,, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cabin fever

1918, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cabin fever was in 1918

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1 May 2022

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“Cabin fever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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