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.
Recent Examples on the Web This year, the internet is already dotted with videos of celebrities and others reading the book out loud for housebound seniors, whose pomp and circumstance have been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. cleveland, "Oh, the Places It’s Gone: Dr. Seuss book turns 30 amid coronavirus pandemic," 18 May 2020 Most housebound trainers offer just a few adjustments, a one-size-fits-most approach that doesn’t effectively mimic real-world riding. Popular Science, "The 10 most thrilling recreation innovations of 2019," 3 Dec. 2019 Many of these workers, particularly at food delivery companies, have been thrust onto the front line of the coronavirus crisis by ferrying food and supplies to housebound consumers, while risking getting sick. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "‘Scared to Death’ by Arbitration: Companies Drowning in Their Own System," 6 Apr. 2020 With many states mandating stay-at-home orders due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, people are turning to the streaming services to occupy their housebound time. Anabel Pasarow,, "All The Streaming Services With Free Trials To Watch While In Quarantine," 24 Mar. 2020 On a lighter note, zoos and aquariums across the country have been trying to meet the demand of a housebound public enamored by animal videos. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "The Bronx Zoo Is Also Empty, but the Animals Don’t Mind," 3 Apr. 2020 Young noted that what a lot of the country is experiencing now — orders to stay home — is something its housebound clients have been living with for years. Washington Post, "The coronavirus pandemic has food aid groups mobilizing to lend a Helping Hand," 31 Mar. 2020 More recently, some people like Brooklyn resident Sarah Thankam Mathews have created Slack channels -- typically a workplace tool -- to stay in touch with housebound locals in her Bed-Stuy neighborhood. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "Neighborhood social network Nextdoor is both a lifeline and a hub of anxiety," 18 Mar. 2020 Bursts of applause are appearing on social media across Spain and also in other European countries, such as Italy, as housebound people look for ways to show their appreciation. NBC News, "Puerto Rico enacts curfew, business closures as coronavirus fears rise on the island," 15 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of housebound

1840, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jun 2020

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“Housebound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of housebound

: unable to leave your home

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