glos·​so·​pho·​bia | \ ˌglä-sō-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce glossophobia (audio) , ˌglȯ- \

Definition of glossophobia

: 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

Other Words from glossophobia

glossophobe \ ˈglä-​sō-​ˌfōb How to pronounce glossophobe (audio) , ˈglȯ-​ \ or glossophobic \ ˌglä-​sō-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce glossophobic (audio) , ˌglȯ-​ \ noun, 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

First Known Use of glossophobia

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glossophobia

glosso- + -phobia

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Cite this Entry

“Glossophobia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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