List of phobias

We define a phobia as ‘an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something’. You are probably aware of the more common phobias, such as arachnophobia (fear of spiders), claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces), and agoraphobia (fear of open places), but did you know there are also words which describe the fear of idleness, worms, and even body odour? Explore the table below to discover the terms for some of the more interesting phobias you may come across.

ObjectPhobia
air travelaerophobia
American people and thingsAmericophobia
animalszoophobia
bacteriabacteriophobia
beardspogonophobia
beatingmastigophobia
bedclinophobia
beesapiphobia
birdsornithophobia
bloodhaemophobia
blushingerythrophobia
body odourbromidrosiphobia
bridgesgephyrophobia
bulletsballistophobia
burial alivetaphephobia
cancercarcinophobia
catsailurophobia
childbirthtocophobia
childrenpaedophobia
Chinese people and thingsSinophobia
churchecclesiophobia
cloudsnephophobia
coituscoitophobia
coldcheimaphobia
colourchromophobia
cometscometophobia
computerscyberphobia
constipationcoprostasophobia
corpsesnecrophobia
correspondenceepistolophobia
crowdsdemophobia/ochlophobia
dampnesshygrophobia
darknessscotophobia
dawneosophobia
deaththanatophobia
depthbathophobia
dirtmysophobia
diseasepathophobia/nosophobia
dogscynophobia
dreamsoneirophobia
drinkpotophobia
drugspharmacophobia
dustkoniophobia
electricityelectrophobia
enclosed placesclaustrophobia
English people and thingsAnglophobia
everythingpanophobia/pantophobia
eyesommetaphobia
faecescoprophobia
failurekakorrhaphiaphobia
fatiguekopophobia
fearphobophobia
featherspteronophobia
feverfebriphobia
firepyrophobia
fishichthyophobia
fleshselaphobia
floodsantlophobia
flowersanthophobia
foghomichlophobia
foodcibophobia/sitophobia
foreignersxenophobia
freedomeleutherophobia
French people and thingsFrancophobia/Gallophobia
furdoraphobia
German people and thingsGermanophobia/Teutophobia
germsbacteriophobia
ghostsphasmophobia
glassnelophobia
Godtheophobia
goldchrysophobia/aurophobia
hairtrichophobia
heart diseasecardiophobia
heatthermophobia
heavenuranophobia
hellhadephobia/stygiophobia
hereditypatroiophobia
high buildingsbatophobia
high placesacrophobia/hypsophobia
homeoikophobia
homosexualshomophobia
horseshippophobia
icecryophobia
ideasideophobia
idlenessthassophobia
illnessnosophobia
imperfectionatelophobia
infinityapeirophobia
injurytraumatophobia
inoculationtrypanophobia/vaccinophobia
insanitylyssophobia/maniphobia
insectsentomophobia
insect stingscnidophobia
Italian people and thingsItalophobia
itchingacarophobia
jealousyzelotypophobia
justicedikephobia
lakeslimnophobia
leprosyleprophobia
licepediculophobia
lightphotophobia
lightningastrapophobia
listspinaciphobia/katastichophobia
lonelinessautophobia/ermitophobia
machinerymechanophobia
magicrhabdophobia
marriagegamophobia
menandrophobia
metalmetallophobia
micemusophobia
microbesbacillophobia/microbiophobia
mirrorseisoptrophobia
mitesacarophobia
mobsochlophobia
moneychrematophobia
monsters, giving birth toteratophobia
motionkinetophobia
musicmusicophobia
namesonomatophobia
narrownessanginophobia
needlesbelonephobia
new thingsneophobia
nightnyctophobia
nuditygymnophobia
open placesagoraphobia
painalgophobia
parasitesparasitophobia
peopleanthropophobia
philosophyphilosophobia
pinsenetophobia
placestopophobia
pleasurehedonophobia
poisontoxiphobia
politicspoliticophobia
Popepapaphobia
povertypeniaphobia
precipicescremnophobia
priestshierophobia
punishmentpoinephobia
rabieshydrophobophobia
rail travelsiderodromophobia
religious works of articonophobia
reptilesbatrachophobia
responsibilityhypegiaphobia
ridiculekatagelophobia
riverspotamophobia
robbersharpaxophobia
ruinatephobia
Russian people and thingsRussophobia
saintshagiophobia
SatanSatanophobia
scabiesscabiophobia
Scottish people and thingsScotophobia
seathalassophobia
sexerotophobia
shadowssciophobia
sharpnessacrophobia
shockhormephobia
sinhamartophobia
skin diseasedermatosiophobia/dermatopathophobia
sleephypnophobia
slimeblennophobia
small thingsmicrophobia
smellolfactophobia/osmophobia
smotheringpnigerophobia
snakesophidiophobia
snowchionophobia
solitudeeremophobia
soundacousticophobia
sournessacerophobia
speechlalophobia/laliophobia/glossophobia/phonophobia
speedtachophobia
spidersarachnophobia
standingstasophobia
starssiderophobia
stealingkleptophobia
stringlinonophobia
stutteringlalophobia/laliophobia
sunheliophobia
swallowingphagophobia
symmetrysymmetrophobia
tastegeumatophobia
technologytechnophobia
teethodontophobia
telephonetelephonophobia
thinkingphronemophobia
thirteentriskaidekaphobia
thunderbrontophobia/tonitrophobia/keraunophobia
timechronophobia
touchhaptophobia
travelhodophobia
tuberculosisphthisiophobia
tyrantstyrannophobia
vehiclesochophobia
venereal diseasesyphilophobia
voidskenophobia
vomitingemetophobia
waterhydrophobia
wavescyrnophobia
weaknessasthenophobia
windanemophobia
womengynophobia
wordslogophobia
workergophobia
wormshelminthophobia
writinggraphophobia

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Explore