Definition of claustrophobic in English:



  • 1(of a person) having an extreme or irrational fear of confined places.

    ‘crowds made him feel claustrophobic’
    • ‘I had to get out of here; this place is making me claustrophobic.’
    • ‘"Great, now I'm starting to get claustrophobic," she whined.’
    • ‘I circled the rooms feeling slightly claustrophobic from all the exposure.’
    • ‘I was asked if I was claustrophobic and said ‘No, not really,’ something I regretted halfway through when I had a minor anxiety attack.’
    • ‘From his kicking and screaming, we seemed to have chosen the most claustrophobic member of the crew as well, but in time, he emerged from the inlet with the metal piece in hand.’
    • ‘The equipment can also be used to sedate nervous and claustrophobic adults.’
    • ‘No one likes to be put in a box; this especially rings true for claustrophobic artists who are trying to break through to a mainstream audience.’
    • ‘I had never been a claustrophobic person, but I believe that on that evening I was truly experiencing the classic symptoms.’
    • ‘Two winged people inside a small space can make everyone feel slightly claustrophobic.’
    • ‘A claustrophobic person would definitely have died here, I thought.’
    • ‘‘They didn't seem that bad, but I'm not claustrophobic anyway,’ she said.’
    • ‘It definitely didn't help if you were claustrophobic, that's for sure.’
    • ‘He does have panic attacks, which, if you are claustrophobic, is tough to watch.’
    • ‘I suppose this would be a bad time to mention that I'm claustrophobic?’
    • ‘‘This job is great if you like mechanics, you're not claustrophobic and you don't mind getting wet every now and then,’ she said.’
    • ‘Once she had even told a teacher that she was claustrophobic just so that she would be able to sit by the window.’
    • ‘I'm claustrophobic as well so this is making a great combination right now.’
    • ‘Now is not a good time to announce that you're claustrophobic.’
    • ‘The fact that she was claustrophobic didn't help the matter in any way.’
    • ‘I am very claustrophobic, so all I was thinking was that the walls were going to cave in any minute.’
    1. 1.1 (of a place or situation) inducing an extreme or irrational fear of confined spaces.
      ‘the claustrophobic interior of the cruiser’
      • ‘And since I had no desire to sleep in any more claustrophobic places, we quickly agreed to ski on.’
      • ‘The hour-and-a-half long film is set in the claustrophobic confines of a dingy hotel room.’
      • ‘I'd imagine it can get quite claustrophobic in there, especially when you've been at it all week.’
      • ‘Being close to someone was claustrophobic for her.’
      • ‘As a result, the viewer, at times, gets an almost claustrophobic sense of the action.’
      • ‘Usually dark, damp and stained, with imagined muggers lurking in the shadows, they are claustrophobic places to escape from as fast as possible.’
      • ‘The film's claustrophobic interiors also betray its stage origins and there are no real aerial sequences to provide relief.’
      • ‘The claustrophobic interior is sealed off on every side.’
      • ‘It is all those things, but it is also an examination of what people do to each other in a claustrophobic situation.’
      • ‘The real action takes place within the claustrophobic world of a school that would be improbable anywhere.’
      • ‘His claustrophobic interiors feature period furniture, kitsch objects and art works of a mostly generic modernist flavor.’
      • ‘The camerawork and claustrophobic atmosphere are designed to externally replicate his mental state.’
      • ‘Also, the unusually isolated, claustrophobic setting of the town gives the atmosphere a real edge.’
      • ‘A claustrophobic, all-encompassing atmosphere of utter darkness takes over the poem.’
      • ‘The geography is much bigger, but it allowed me to juxtapose this massive Alaskan landscape with this very claustrophobic situation.’
      • ‘And in this self-regarding, claustrophobic atmosphere, he became disillusioned.’
      • ‘Suddenly, it seemed like the grungiest, most claustrophobic place on earth.’
      • ‘She began to feel slightly better once they had left the claustrophobic confines of the house.’
      • ‘They are claustrophobic: unfortunate when the internal flow of the design renders these stairs a necessity.’
      • ‘They walked up the ship's angled boarding ramp and entered the claustrophobic confines of the ship.’


  • A person with an extreme or irrational fear of confined spaces.

    ‘tall claustrophobics won't like the hotel's narrow passageways’
    • ‘She also knew that she was a serious claustrophobic.’
    • ‘If any of you have seen an MRI tube, they tend to be small and cramped, difficult for claustrophobics to handle, and a tight enough squeeze for one person, let alone two.’
    • ‘The few that decided to leave were probably some token claustrophobics.’
    • ‘She had to be a claustrophobic; that's the only way she could be so restless when caught indoors.’
    • ‘She was diagnosed as a claustrophobic but they've had claustrophobics in isolation before without any problems.’
    • ‘The hundred thousand or so claustrophobics banged their fists on the metallic walls while crying out for help, and a wall slid open from left to right, exposing some sort of movie screen.’
    • ‘Coming to a halt, she rested her hands on her hips and tilted her head upwards, sucking at the air like a claustrophobic who'd been trapped in an elevator for too long.’
    • ‘A film that claustrophobics might do best to avoid, it's a perfect fit for the single midnight showing.’