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

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

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phobic noun

Examples of phobic in a Sentence


She is phobic about heights.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This 4th of July holiday will be a long stretch of misery for noise-phobic dogs. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "July 4th: Fun for humans, hell for dogs," 28 June 2019 That can mean a stressful week for people with noise-phobic pets. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "Pet World: Helping Dogs And Cats Survive The Fourth Of July," 22 June 2018 Yet the world must reckon with the trade-deficit-phobic president and advisers such as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and especially Peter Navarro, director of the White House National Trade Council. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "Why Trump’s Protectionism Is Futile," 1 June 2018 Soothing the Storm-Weary Pup While treating storm-phobic dogs, Dodman noticed that many canines seek out hiding places grounded against electric shocks, such as bathtubs, jacuzzis, or behind the toilet tank. National Geographic, "Why Your Dog Freaks Out During Thunderstorms—And What to Do," 28 Apr. 2018 Some people are phobic about getting behind the wheel. Abby, Houston Chronicle, "Longtime addiction remains a secret in woman's past," 16 Mar. 2018 My eating disorder was not an exercise in vanity or a haphazard way, in a fat-phobic world, to simply lose weight. Caroline Rothstein, Marie Claire, "How I Came to Love My Body—a Decade After My Eating Disorder," 27 Feb. 2018 Commitment-phobic caller Chef Point Cafe, the convenience store-restaurant in Watauga featured on food TV shows, is taking a call-ahead seating list for Valentine’s night. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "New location and name, same menu and food for this French restaurant," 8 Feb. 2018 The truth lies somewhere between Trump being a Manchurian Candidate and Greenwald’s insistence that the Russia story is a fabrication of a fevered, Russo-phobic liberal mind. Marcy Wheeler, New Republic, "All Glenn Greenwald’s Women," 23 Jan. 2018

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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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The first known use of phobic was in 1897

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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

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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