house·​bound | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce housebound (audio) \

Definition of housebound

: confined to the house

Examples of housebound in a Sentence

She has been housebound since she fell.

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Fifteen-year-old Eden is his ideal of meek, housebound womanhood. Rena Gross, Billboard, "14 Significant Moments From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 10 'The Last Ceremony'," 20 June 2018 Tour goers will hear that free-roaming cats can get into a lot of trouble and housebound cats can get bored. Janet Eastman,, "Strut your cat love: Show off your catio at upcoming tour (photos)," 23 Mar. 2018 And, oh yes, Amy Staats, whose housebound character is more often heard than seen (through a speaker phone), adding an extra piquancy to the problems of communication. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: A Master Class in Passive Aggression in ‘Miles for Mary’," 22 Jan. 2018 My aunt, who takes care of my housebound cousin, a victim of a car crash that left him in a coma more than 20 years ago, was also unable to go. Chantel Acevedo, Vogue, "Actually, This Devastating Hurricane Season Is Exactly the Right Time to Talk About Climate Change," 13 Oct. 2017 Even though Jones’s Ben is thinking the most clearly about this unthinkable situation, almost all of his housebound compatriots look at him, at one point or another, with distrust. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "George A. Romero Made Movies About the Undead Full of Messages for the Living," 18 July 2017 The one who took best actress was Marie Mullen, who portrayed Maureen, a 40-year-old virgin shackled to her imperious, housebound mother, Mag (the splendidly slatternly Anna Manahan). Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’: Oh Gosh, I’ve Turned Into My Mother," 15 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of housebound

1840, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of housebound

: unable to leave your home

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