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 Aside from overcoming road fatigue and cabin fever amid humid weather, here is what else the 49ers must do to spoil the Bengals’ home opener: 1. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Five keys for the 49ers to beat the Bengals," 13 Sep. 2019 And expect your terrestrial sense of what constitutes an amenity to change: Since venturing outdoors would be a complex, risky prospect, a space hotel will prioritize the gym, both to maintain fitness and stave off cabin fever. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Tourist's Guide to Space," 12 Mar. 2019 Snow days, lice epidemics, and absurdly long school vacations—there are many different causes of cabin fever. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "What to Do with Cooped-Up Kids: Stack Wood," 23 Nov. 2018 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,, "Celebrate the return of spring songbirds to NE Ohio with the 85th Annual Spring Bird Walks," 9 Apr. 2018

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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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“Cabin fever.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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