claustrophobic

adjective
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

Other Words from claustrophobic

claustrophobically \ ˌklȯ-​strə-​ˈfō-​bi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce claustrophobic (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.
Recent Examples on the Web For example, adding a basic round mirror in a small bathroom could create the illusion of a large space, but a chunky frame might make the room feel claustrophobic. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 May 2022 Though, at times, the season felt a bit claustrophobic without the cheftestants being able to interact with the world around them, some extremely talented chefs emerged from the pack. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 10 Mar. 2022 The results elicit a sensation of time collapsing with claustrophobic intimacy. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Mix them with the claustrophobic panic of BioShock. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 29 Apr. 2022 Sennott, who played Danielle in Emma Seligman’s deftly claustrophobic Shiva Baby, stands out with her precise comedic timing and chilling dramatic swerves. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Mar. 2022 In evocative prose, Mishra leads his reader into the claustrophobic inner environs of the desperately wanting. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, 5 May 2022 It’s a dank, claustrophobic space, permanently cold, with narrow windows and a low ceiling. Longreads, 20 Apr. 2022 Murphey was claustrophobic and was prescribed Versed for her anxiety, according to testimony. CBS News, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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15 Jun 2022

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“Claustrophobic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/claustrophobic. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for claustrophobic

claustrophobic

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

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 How to pronounce claustrophobic (audio) \ adverb

claustrophobic

noun

Medical Definition of claustrophobic (Entry 2 of 2)

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