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germophobe Syllabification: germ·o·phobe
Pronunciation: /ˈjərməˌfōb/
(also germaphobe)

Definition of germophobe in English:


A person with an extreme fear of germs and an obsession with cleanliness: I’m not a germophobe, but everyone knows that hotel remote controls are never cleaned and are probably filthy
More example sentences
  • Maybe they saw me not as some crazed germophobe, but as someone who was actually sick.
  • He was a germophobe with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • I'm no germophobe, but I dread to think what that petri dish is breeding.


Pronunciation: /ˌjərməˈfōbēə/
Example sentences
  • I would also talk to your therapist about the germophobia issue.
  • We rehearsed with the cast for a week before shooting, and we mostly told stories about our own germophobia.
  • Anyway, this experience is given as the basis for his OCD/germophobia/whatever it is.
Pronunciation: /ˌjərməˈfōbik/
Example sentences
  • Less germophobic people may be content to simply replace brushes every 3 to 4 months.
  • I am a little germaphobic on the public transportation system.
  • Basically it says our germophobic behavior means our immune system doesn't get trained properly and thus goes berserk over harmless things.


Late 19th century: from germ + -phobia.

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