Definition of claustrophobic in English:



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

    ‘crowds made him feel claustrophobic’
    • ‘"Great, now I'm starting to get claustrophobic," she whined.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘A claustrophobic person would definitely have died here, I thought.’
    • ‘I had never been a claustrophobic person, but I believe that on that evening I was truly experiencing the classic symptoms.’
    • ‘He does have panic attacks, which, if you are claustrophobic, is tough to watch.’
    • ‘I had to get out of here; this place is making me 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once she had even told a teacher that she was claustrophobic just so that she would be able to sit by the window.’
    • ‘I suppose this would be a bad time to mention that I'm claustrophobic?’
    • ‘Two winged people inside a small space can make everyone feel slightly claustrophobic.’
    • ‘Now is not a good time to announce that you're claustrophobic.’
    • ‘The equipment can also be used to sedate nervous and claustrophobic adults.’
    • ‘The fact that she was claustrophobic didn't help the matter in any way.’
    1. 1.1 (of a place or situation) inducing an extreme or irrational fear of confined spaces.
      ‘the claustrophobic interior of the cruiser’
      • ‘A claustrophobic, all-encompassing atmosphere of utter darkness takes over the poem.’
      • ‘Also, the unusually isolated, claustrophobic setting of the town gives the atmosphere a real edge.’
      • ‘She began to feel slightly better once they had left the claustrophobic confines of the house.’
      • ‘The film's claustrophobic interiors also betray its stage origins and there are no real aerial sequences to provide relief.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His claustrophobic interiors feature period furniture, kitsch objects and art works of a mostly generic modernist flavor.’
      • ‘The real action takes place within the claustrophobic world of a school that would be improbable anywhere.’
      • ‘The geography is much bigger, but it allowed me to juxtapose this massive Alaskan landscape with this very claustrophobic situation.’
      • ‘The hour-and-a-half long film is set in the claustrophobic confines of a dingy hotel room.’
      • ‘The claustrophobic interior is sealed off on every side.’
      • ‘Being close to someone was claustrophobic for her.’
      • ‘It is all those things, but it is also an examination of what people do to each other in a claustrophobic situation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They walked up the ship's angled boarding ramp and entered the claustrophobic confines of the ship.’
      • ‘I'd imagine it can get quite claustrophobic in there, especially when you've been at it all week.’
      • ‘And in this self-regarding, claustrophobic atmosphere, he became disillusioned.’
      • ‘Suddenly, it seemed like the grungiest, most claustrophobic place on earth.’
      • ‘They are claustrophobic: unfortunate when the internal flow of the design renders these stairs a necessity.’


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She also knew that she was a serious claustrophobic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’