glos·​so·​pho·​bia ˌglä-sō-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce glossophobia (audio)
: fear of public speaking
In anticipation of speaking in public, a person with glossophobia can experience a dry mouth, weak voice and uncontrollable body shaking.Robert Malone
glossophobe noun
or glossophobic
plural glossophobes or glossophobics
If your audience feels as if you're insincere or unknowledgeable, they may give you real reason to be a glossophobe! Robert Seip
glossophobic adjective
… as a meeting planner, you're often charged with making your glossophobic speakers look good. Josh Golden

Examples of glossophobia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Individuals with glossophobia experience mild to debilitating anxiety when speaking in front of small or large groups. Julia Wuench, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 The National Institute of Mental Health cites that public speaking anxiety, or glossophobia, affects about 73% of the population. Ellevate, Forbes, 27 May 2021

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Word History


glosso- + -phobia

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glossophobia was in 1964

Dictionary Entries Near glossophobia

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“Glossophobia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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