phobic

adjective pho·bic \ ˈfō-bik \
|Updated on: 4 Jul 2018

Definition of phobic

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

phobic

noun

Examples of phobic in a Sentence

  1. She is phobic about heights.

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First Known Use of phobic

1897

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-phobic

adjective combining form

Definition of -phobic

1 a : having an intolerance or aversion for
  • photophobic
  • Anglophobic
b : exhibiting a phobia for
  • claustrophobic
2 : lacking affinity for
  • hydrophobic

Origin and Etymology of -phobic

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


PHOBIC Defined for English Language Learners

phobic

Definition of phobic for English Language Learners

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


-phobic

Definition of -phobic for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

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phobic

adjective pho·bic \ ˈfō-bik \

medical Definition of phobic

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

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phobic

noun

medical Definition of phobic

: one who exhibits a phobia

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