shut-in

1 of 3

noun

1
: a person who is confined to home, a room, or bed because of illness or incapacity
2
: a narrow gorge-shaped part of an otherwise wide valley
3
: available oil or gas which is not being produced from an existing well

shut-in

2 of 3

adjective

1
: confined to one's home or an institution by illness or incapacity
2
a
: secretive, brooding
a bitter, shut-in faceClaudia Cassidy
b
: tending to avoid social contact : withdrawn
the shut-in personality typeS. K. Weinberg

shut in

3 of 3

verb

shut in; shutting in; shuts in

transitive verb

1
2
: to prevent production of (oil or gas) by closing down a well

Examples of shut-in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
These are among the least bellicose films A24 has ever released: dramas about sensitive oily-cake salesmen, frustrated ceramicists, lonely shut-ins, and boys who love horses. Nate Jones, Vulture, 24 Apr. 2024 Who, besides incels and shut-ins, wants to spend all day talking to chatbots? Kevin Roose, New York Times, 9 May 2024
Adjective
When Darren Aronofsky’s film received a six-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival, star Brendan Fraser shot to the top of the Best Actor rankings for his performance as a 600-pound shut-in. Vulture, 7 Mar. 2023
Verb
The state’s only sugar mill, which employed more than 500 full-time and seasonal workers, shut in February after more than 50 years of operation. Laura Paddison, CNN, 17 June 2024 He was bullied, found the physical fitness aspect of his education trying and struggled with certain aspects of life at Gordonstoun (such as windows that won’t shut in the rain), particularly when compared to his life at home. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 25 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for shut-in 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shut-in was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shut-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shut-in. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

shut-in

noun
ˈshət-ˌin
: a sick person unable to go outdoors

Medical Definition

shut-in

1 of 2 noun
: a person who is confined to home, a room, or bed because of illness or incapacity

shut-in

2 of 2 adjective
1
: confined to one's home or an institution by illness or incapacity
2
: tending to avoid social contact : withdrawn
diagnostic and prognostic significance of the shut-in personality typeS. K. Weinberg

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