Definition of claustrophobic in English:



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

    ‘crowds made him feel claustrophobic’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am very claustrophobic, so all I was thinking was that the walls were going to cave in any minute.’
    • ‘I had to get out of here; this place is making me claustrophobic.’
    • ‘Once she had even told a teacher that she was claustrophobic just so that she would be able to sit by the window.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had never been a claustrophobic person, but I believe that on that evening I was truly experiencing the classic symptoms.’
    • ‘‘They didn't seem that bad, but I'm not claustrophobic anyway,’ she said.’
    • ‘Two winged people inside a small space can make everyone feel slightly claustrophobic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He does have panic attacks, which, if you are claustrophobic, is tough to watch.’
    • ‘The fact that she was claustrophobic didn't help the matter in any way.’
    • ‘A claustrophobic person would definitely have died here, I thought.’
    • ‘I suppose this would be a bad time to mention that I'm claustrophobic?’
    • ‘I'm claustrophobic as well so this is making a great combination right now.’
    • ‘It definitely didn't help if you were claustrophobic, that's for sure.’
    • ‘"Great, now I'm starting to get claustrophobic," she whined.’
    • ‘Now is not a good time to announce that you're 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.’
    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 camerawork and claustrophobic atmosphere are designed to externally replicate his mental state.’
      • ‘The hour-and-a-half long film is set in the claustrophobic confines of a dingy hotel room.’
      • ‘The geography is much bigger, but it allowed me to juxtapose this massive Alaskan landscape with this very claustrophobic situation.’
      • ‘Suddenly, it seemed like the grungiest, most claustrophobic place on earth.’
      • ‘The real action takes place within the claustrophobic world of a school that would be improbable anywhere.’
      • ‘Usually dark, damp and stained, with imagined muggers lurking in the shadows, they are claustrophobic places to escape from as fast as possible.’
      • ‘They walked up the ship's angled boarding ramp and entered the claustrophobic confines of the ship.’
      • ‘And in this self-regarding, claustrophobic atmosphere, he became disillusioned.’
      • ‘It is all those things, but it is also an examination of what people do to each other in a claustrophobic situation.’
      • ‘The film's claustrophobic interiors also betray its stage origins and there are no real aerial sequences to provide relief.’
      • ‘Also, the unusually isolated, claustrophobic setting of the town gives the atmosphere a real edge.’
      • ‘As a result, the viewer, at times, gets an almost claustrophobic sense of the action.’
      • ‘The claustrophobic interior is sealed off on every side.’
      • ‘She began to feel slightly better once they had left the claustrophobic confines of the house.’
      • ‘Being close to someone was claustrophobic for her.’
      • ‘A claustrophobic, all-encompassing atmosphere of utter darkness takes over the poem.’
      • ‘I'd imagine it can get quite claustrophobic in there, especially when you've been at it all week.’
      • ‘They are claustrophobic: unfortunate when the internal flow of the design renders these stairs a necessity.’
      • ‘His claustrophobic interiors feature period furniture, kitsch objects and art works of a mostly generic modernist flavor.’


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

    ‘tall claustrophobics won't like the hotel's narrow passageways’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A film that claustrophobics might do best to avoid, it's a perfect fit for the single midnight showing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She had to be a claustrophobic; that's the only way she could be so restless when caught indoors.’
    • ‘She also knew that she was a serious claustrophobic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The few that decided to leave were probably some token claustrophobics.’