Definition of claustrophobic in US English:



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

    ‘crowds made him feel 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.’
    • ‘The fact that she was claustrophobic didn't help the matter in any way.’
    • ‘I had to get out of here; this place is making me claustrophobic.’
    • ‘A claustrophobic person would definitely have died here, I thought.’
    • ‘It definitely didn't help if you were claustrophobic, that's for sure.’
    • ‘I had never been a claustrophobic person, but I believe that on that evening I was truly experiencing the classic symptoms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now is not a good time to announce that you're claustrophobic.’
    • ‘I am very claustrophobic, so all I was thinking was that the walls were going to cave in any minute.’
    • ‘I'm claustrophobic as well so this is making a great combination right now.’
    • ‘I suppose this would be a bad time to mention that I'm claustrophobic?’
    • ‘I was asked if I was claustrophobic and said ‘No, not really,’ something I regretted halfway through when I had a minor anxiety attack.’
    • ‘Once she had even told a teacher that she was claustrophobic just so that she would be able to sit by the window.’
    • ‘Two winged people inside a small space can make everyone feel slightly claustrophobic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘"Great, now I'm starting to get claustrophobic," she whined.’
    • ‘‘They didn't seem that bad, but I'm not claustrophobic anyway,’ she said.’
    • ‘The equipment can also be used to sedate nervous and claustrophobic adults.’
    • ‘I circled the rooms feeling slightly claustrophobic from all the exposure.’
    1. 1.1 (of a place or situation) inducing an extreme or irrational fear of confined spaces.
      ‘the claustrophobic interior of the cruiser’
      • ‘His claustrophobic interiors feature period furniture, kitsch objects and art works of a mostly generic modernist flavor.’
      • ‘Suddenly, it seemed like the grungiest, most claustrophobic place on earth.’
      • ‘And in this self-regarding, claustrophobic atmosphere, he became disillusioned.’
      • ‘A claustrophobic, all-encompassing atmosphere of utter darkness takes over the poem.’
      • ‘And since I had no desire to sleep in any more claustrophobic places, we quickly agreed to ski on.’
      • ‘I'd imagine it can get quite claustrophobic in there, especially when you've been at it all week.’
      • ‘Usually dark, damp and stained, with imagined muggers lurking in the shadows, they are claustrophobic places to escape from as fast as possible.’
      • ‘Also, the unusually isolated, claustrophobic setting of the town gives the atmosphere a real edge.’
      • ‘The camerawork and claustrophobic atmosphere are designed to externally replicate his mental state.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As a result, the viewer, at times, gets an almost claustrophobic sense of the action.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Being close to someone was claustrophobic for her.’
      • ‘The real action takes place within the claustrophobic world of a school that would be improbable anywhere.’
      • ‘The film's claustrophobic interiors also betray its stage origins and there are no real aerial sequences to provide relief.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She also knew that she was a serious claustrophobic.’
    • ‘The few that decided to leave were probably some token claustrophobics.’
    • ‘A film that claustrophobics might do best to avoid, it's a perfect fit for the single midnight showing.’
    • ‘She had to be a claustrophobic; that's the only way she could be so restless when caught indoors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was diagnosed as a claustrophobic but they've had claustrophobics in isolation before without any problems.’