claus·tro·pho·bic | \ˌklȯs-trə-ˈfō-bik \

Definition of claustrophobic 

1 : affected with or inclined to claustrophobia

2 : inducing or suggesting claustrophobia

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Other Words from claustrophobic

claustrophobically \-bi-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of claustrophobic in a Sentence

The theater can be a little claustrophobic when it's full. She doesn't go in elevators because she is claustrophobic.

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For Liu Xia, who spent the last year in the claustrophobic confines of her Beijing flat, gawked at and guarded, exile is a welcome outcome. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "Poet Liu Xia escaped China, but will Beijing ever set her free?," 13 July 2018 Within the claustrophobic confines of an ancient, dilapidated Mayan tomb, the game finds its true legs. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' Is Peak Lara Croft," 27 Apr. 2018 In sermons and pamphlets, reformers argued that a claustrophobic and unsanitary urban environment corroded popular judgment. Justin T. Clark,, "Building Boston to shape morality," 14 Apr. 2018 Different tours are available for those who want to explore the depths of the cave and others for those who are a little more claustrophobic. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's 7 best parks and recreation areas that you have to explore," 29 June 2018 The shots from inside the vehicle, giving us Fred and Serena’s perspective, are claustrophobic, especially as June’s best friend Moira (Samira Wiley) bangs on the window., "The Handmaid's Tale," 14 June 2018 Brief scenes of King Louis discussing France’s financial aid to the revolution in America are an injection of reality more jarring than informative given the claustrophobic nature of the protagonist’s existence., "Why Marie Antoinette Is Really Mean Girls, Versailles Edition," 10 July 2018 Nothing makes a room feel more claustrophobic than too many awkward, cluttery pieces. Cindy Dampier,, "Design Smarts: Remodelista's Julie Carlson on changing it up," 2 July 2018 The key scenes are harrowing, and the shifts in time help break up a story that could easily become claustrophobic as the wait to be discovered drags on. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Adrift' showcases Shailene Woodley in harrowing survival tale," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of claustrophobic

circa 1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of claustrophobic was circa 1889

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English Language Learners Definition of claustrophobic

of a room, space, etc. : not having enough space for people to feel comfortable : causing claustrophobia

: having a fear of being in closed or small spaces : having claustrophobia

: not having or providing enough freedom


claus·tro·pho·bic | \ˌklȯ-strə-ˈfō-bik \

Medical Definition of claustrophobic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : suffering from or inclined to claustrophobia

2 : inducing or suggesting claustrophobia

Other Words from claustrophobic

claustrophobically \-bi-k(ə-)lē \ adverb



Medical Definition of claustrophobic (Entry 2 of 2)

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