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 Coronavirus cabin fever, coupled with a burst of optimism over the vaccine, is sparking some big-trip dreams for 2021. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Post-Vaccine Vacation Dreamers Plot to ‘Get the Hell Out of Their House’," 30 Dec. 2020 Secondhand witnesses to medical horror, cabin fever and money panic. Washington Post, "‘I don’t know if I can keep doing this’: An oral history of 2020, as told by therapists," 29 Dec. 2020 Despite the inevitable cabin fever and logistical complexities, the digital workplace has its advantages. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "3 CEOs on how technology has transformed leadership in the COVID era," 2 Dec. 2020 Considering the high levels of cabin fever anticipated by so many people over the next few months, there has never been a better time to experiment with fitness video games. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Fitness video games can break your Covid pandemic exercise slump," 17 Dec. 2020 But inspiration and perhaps a bit of cabin fever amid quarantine struck hard this year, and a slate of activities have come together. Matt Mckinney, Star Tribune, "With rink, ice maze, ice-cream social, Stillwater hopes to light up pandemic winter," 1 Dec. 2020 Every time a rule is relaxed, people who have been stricken with cabin fever rush back to their old ways, driving cases higher, prolonging the crisis — and creating a need for more restrictions. Washington Post, "Argentina locked down early and hard. Now cases are exploding.," 27 Oct. 2020 An Oregon getaway, surrounded by nature, may be the perfect antidote to cabin fever after months of working, studying and staying at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. oregonlive, "Architectural styles for design-savvy travelers: Tiny house to floating house vacation rentals," 20 Nov. 2020 No doubt solutions like commercially feasible city education bus tours (after the pandemic) offered to rural folk suffering from cabin fever would emerge. John Mattsen, Star Tribune, "Country folk have much to learn about city folk," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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13 Jan 2021

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“Cabin fever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cabin fever

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

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