Definition of claustrophobia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌklɔːstrəˈfəʊbɪə/


[mass noun]
Extreme or irrational fear of confined places: the small stuffy room had begun to give him claustrophobia
More example sentences
  • We saw magnificent sites, endured bouts of car claustrophobia, and encountered extremes of weather.
  • The high-risk hobby inherently plays to the age-old horror themes of claustrophobia and fear of the unknown.
  • Word had it that he was suffering from both agoraphobia and claustrophobia and was constantly running in and out of the house.



Example sentences
  • The last thing you want is a hysterical claustrophobe, suffering from a panic attack!
  • Aside from claustrophobes, who doesn't love a nice underground labyrinth?
  • Choosing the Panoramic sunroof from the options list isn't cheap, but claustrophobes will feel it's worth every penny.


Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin claustrum 'lock, bolt' + -phobia.

Words that rhyme with claustrophobia

agoraphobia, homophobia, hydrophobia, phobia, technophobia, xenophobia, Zenobia
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