claus·​tro·​pho·​bic | \ ˌklȯ-strə-ˈfō-bik How to pronounce claustrophobic (audio) \

Definition of claustrophobic

1 : affected with or inclined to claustrophobia
2 : inducing or suggesting claustrophobia

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Other Words from claustrophobic

claustrophobically \ ˌklȯ-​strə-​ˈfō-​bi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce claustrophobically (audio) \ 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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Despite Jaden’s low man on the totem pole status, Chris tries to push the claustrophobic boy into the boot of his car with the intention of taking him to a second location. Ariana Romero,, "Black Mirror Season 5, Episode 2 Recap: "Smithereens"," 31 May 2019 The clothes and fashion freed them from the claustrophobic clothes from before. Vogue, "1960s It Girl Pattie Boyd Talks Mary Quant," 5 Apr. 2019 Then, a move had to be made through the claustrophobic sewers, measuring less than a meter-wide toward the bank that could at any time get filled with water or noxious vapors. Raf Casert, The Seattle Times, "A tunnel, a hole in the floor: Belgium ponders bank heist," 4 Feb. 2019 Director and co-writer Gustav Möller got the idea for The Guilty while watching YouTube videos of 911 calls—a dramatic audio experience set to a single, claustrophobic visual focus. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Tourneur masterfully evokes psychological unease, a mansion’s claustrophobic interior and life in turn-of-the-century Manhattan. Kristin M. Jones, WSJ, "Where Truth Is Elusive and Chaos Is Near," 11 Dec. 2018 Many of its scenes play out in the claustrophobic precinct of the confessional box, a pre-modern version of the interrogation room. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Shrovetide Confessions," 13 Dec. 2018 There’s nothing too luxurious about hurtling through the air in a claustrophobic metal tube, eating stale snack mix and inching away from your strange neighbor’s shoeless feet. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is the World’s Most Luxurious Airline," 17 July 2018 But, the terrors of the past aren’t what brings Camille back to her sweaty, claustrophobic hometown of the fictional Wind Gap, Missouri., "All The Clues To Figuring Out The Identity Of The Sharp Objects Killer," 9 July 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 How to pronounce claustrophobic (audio) \

Medical Definition of claustrophobic

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1 : suffering from or inclined to claustrophobia
2 : inducing or suggesting claustrophobia

Other Words from claustrophobic

claustrophobically \ -​bi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce claustrophobically (audio) \ adverb



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