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.
Recent Examples on the Web Yet through the 2010s, many of pop’s sonic spaces grew more isolated, barren and claustrophobic. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Pop Music in 2019: An Escape From Isolation?," 25 Dec. 2019 Similarly, people who are a bit claustrophobic or hot sleepers may find the heft to be uncomfortable. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Best Weighted Blankets for a Better Sleep," 20 Dec. 2019 And the film has the audacity to pivot twice on what feels like a rarity, a big ol’ monologue (~10 minutes) where the visuals simply get more and more claustrophobic and linger only on the speaker or listener. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "The Vast of Night is an alien encounter film like no other," 27 Oct. 2019 But the books could feel solemnly insistent about their literary intent, and a little claustrophobic. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, "Edna O’Brien Is Still Writing About Women on the Run," 7 Oct. 2019 The Patriots struggle to throw the ball consistently outside the numbers, allowing defenses to make the middle of the field claustrophobic., "Welcome to Tom Brady’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year.," 24 Nov. 2019 The effect is disorientingly claustrophobic, a feeling exacerbated by the film’s score, which mixes ancient sounds such as chanting and medieval flute with heavy synthesisers and saxophone. The Economist, "Precious little “Uncut Gems” is a masterwork of tension," 16 Dec. 2019 The biggest vistas are the most claustrophobic, as if there can be no world outside, or perhaps as if the world is resisting Malick’s attempt to represent it. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "The Heavy-Handed Moralism of Terrence Malick’s New Film," 13 Dec. 2019 The website also has a page warning women who are pregnant or people who are claustrophobic, have epilepsy or heart conditions not to participate. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "'Extreme haunted' house is 'torture chamber' in disguise, says petition to close it," 29 Oct. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

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“Claustrophobic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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

 (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 claustrophobically (audio) \ adverb



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