Definition of pent-up in English:

pent-up

adjective

  • Closely confined or held back.

    ‘pent-up frustrations’
    • ‘It forms a significant bulwark against the tide so that, even on neaps, there is an appreciable movement of water as the pent-up flow sweeps around the headland.’
    • ‘A captured fish or a pent-up mass of water was, by contrast, a private good, something that belonged to someone.’
    • ‘A huge lake of water is held back by this and I can sense the force/pressure of this pent up water.’
    • ‘The pent-up waters, controlled by a sluice gate, were directed past the mill wheel, driving the wooden gears, shafts and millstones.’
    • ‘Pent-up water from three days of heavy rain gushed through the breach.’
    repressed, suppressed, stifled, smothered, restrained, constrained, confined, bottled up, held back, held in, kept in check, curbed, bridled
    View synonyms

Origin

Late 16th century: pent, obsolete past participle of pen (verb).

Pronunciation

pent-up

/pentˈəp//pɛntˈəp/