Definition of claustrophobia in English:



  • [mass noun] Extreme or irrational fear of confined places.

    ‘the small stuffy room had begun to give him claustrophobia’
    • ‘The panic attacks are sometimes accompanied by claustrophobia but not always.’
    • ‘Early on he overcomes his choking claustrophobia, finding welcome relief from the chaos above ground in unexpected places.’
    • ‘Once again, I found myself in the main hall, and I suddenly became overcome by claustrophobia.’
    • ‘In such a situation there are two enemies that a pilot must struggle with - vertigo and claustrophobia.’
    • ‘The high-risk hobby inherently plays to the age-old horror themes of claustrophobia and fear of the unknown.’
    • ‘Among the most common manifestations of previous torture are panic attacks, insomnia and claustrophobia.’
    • ‘The handheld camera and jumpy editing style create a mood of claustrophobia.’
    • ‘Her subject was her own upbringing, given voice in complex pieces dealing with domestic claustrophobia and repression.’
    • ‘Outside the feeling of claustrophobia hadn't lifted.’
    • ‘Sometimes there's an element of claustrophobia that enters when you're on an airplane, and then there's no place to get off and go.’
    • ‘Word had it that he was suffering from both agoraphobia and claustrophobia and was constantly running in and out of the house.’
    • ‘It's a fine example of claustrophobia, and of horror.’
    • ‘I also have to get CT scans and immediately think of the big machine that swallows you up whole, causing big-time claustrophobia.’
    • ‘One after another, he charged up the stone steps, oblivious to any claustrophobia from the narrow passage.’
    • ‘The themes of confinement and claustrophobia are evident in almost every scene.’
    • ‘We saw magnificent sites, endured bouts of car claustrophobia, and encountered extremes of weather.’
    • ‘The only minor cavil I have with it is that it did not give feel of cramped space and claustrophobia inherent in the real thing, which I have seen and experienced.’
    • ‘Such feelings are usually accompanied by throat-constricting claustrophobia.’
    • ‘A wave of claustrophobia hits her, and she slams her foot on the brake.’
    • ‘I do not suffer from claustrophobia, but I came pretty close to contracting it back in row 23.’


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