Definition of phobic in US English:



  • Having or involving an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.

    ‘she's phobic about spiders’
    ‘treatment for phobic anxiety’
    • ‘Phobic avoidance may manifest itself, for instance, in a soldier being terrified of his combat uniform.’
    • ‘Sometimes birds can be phobic about the smallest things.’
    • ‘I'm almost phobic about zombies.’
    • ‘Parents can help children develop the skills and confidence to overcome fears so that they don't evolve into phobic reactions.’
    • ‘The more he avoided it, the more phobic he became about it.’
    • ‘The goal of treatment is to help the phobic person function effectively.’
    • ‘Those emails you wrote aren't the kind of thing that comes from someone who's phobic about romance.’
    • ‘He was phobic about migrants from the next-door country.’
    • ‘Canada's most phobic generation of parents rules out anything with a stick or a bat.’
    • ‘Once this goal is accomplished, patients are encouraged to re-enter phobic situations to help extinguish the avoidance behaviour.’