house·​bound ˈhau̇s-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce housebound (audio)
: confined to the house

Examples of housebound in a Sentence

She has been housebound since she fell.
Recent Examples on the Web In the post-housebound era, if casual toggery becomes the norm for work, will underwire bras go the way of ties, suits and vertiginous heels? Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 Those clients include people who are housebound because of illness or age and are unable to drive. Mike Danahey,, 1 Jan. 2022 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, 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, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 31 Mar. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of housebound was in 1840

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“Housebound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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