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Definition of phobic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, affected with, or constituting phobia

Definition of -phobic (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : having an intolerance or aversion for photophobic Anglophobic
b : exhibiting a phobia for claustrophobic
2 : lacking chemical affinity for (see affinity entry 1 sense 2b(2)) These polymers are like soaps, with a hydrophobic and a hydrophilic portion in the molecule.— Mercouri G. Kanatzidis — compare -philic

Other Words from phobic


phobic noun

Examples of phobic in a Sentence

Adjective She is phobic about heights.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Inflation-phobic Germany just saw prices rise in November by 5.2%, a 29-year record. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 30 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, millennials see baby boomers as smug know-it-all, old-school, tech-phobic dinosaurs from a different bygone era. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 Your pediatrician likely has dealt with many needle-phobic children and might have ideas for easing your child's fears. Moira Szilagyi, CNN, 29 Oct. 2021 The spoiler-phobic Rhimes offered a brief forecast about the central couple of Season 2, Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley). Kate Aurthur, Variety, 3 Nov. 2021 For example, some people are phobic of elevators or of leaving their homes. Steven Hassan For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 And even for those that aren’t MSG-phobic, there’s still a shroud of mystery surrounding how to incorporate it into a regular arsenal of seasonings. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 For others, vaccine clinics that cater to certain populations, such as the homeless, the neurodiverse, or the needle-phobic, can also have a small but important impact. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 9 Aug. 2021 But there are also the good reasons, often overlooked in leisure-phobic culture. Elissa Strauss, CNN, 5 July 2021

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First Known Use of phobic


1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phobic

Adjective combining form

French -phobique, from Late Latin -phobicus, from Greek -phobikos, from -phobia

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“Phobic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of phobic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or having an extremely strong fear or dislike of someone or something


adjective combining form

English Language Learners Definition of -phobic (Entry 2 of 2)

: having an extremely strong dislike or fear of someone or something


pho·​bic | \ ˈfō-bik How to pronounce phobic (audio) \

Medical Definition of phobic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, affected with, marked by, involving, or constituting a phobia phobic disorders a phobic person phobic anxiety phobic situations



Medical Definition of phobic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who exhibits a phobia

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