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[klaw-struh-foh-bik] /ˌklɔ strəˈfoʊ bɪk/
pertaining to or suffering from claustrophobia.
tending to induce claustrophobia:
a small, airless, claustrophobic room.
Origin of claustrophobic
Related forms
claustrophobically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for claustrophobic
  • If all politics is local, fashion industry politics is almost claustrophobic.
  • At other times, though, it is cloying and even claustrophobic.
  • Once on board it is easy to get lost among all the tubes at its dark and claustrophobic centre.
  • Also had lots of rain during one trip, but didn't feel claustrophobic.
  • He took the elevator, descending two floors underground to a small, claustrophobic room-the vault antechamber.
  • And with the top up, visibility is no worse than in the claustrophobic coupe.
  • Third there is the oppressive claustrophobic atmosphere.
  • Thanks to the vestibule and wing of interior space, the tent isn't at all claustrophobic.
  • The ceiling is low and the sight lines are hidden, producing a claustrophobic effect.
  • There is the deadly serious defense, retooled before the season into a claustrophobic full-court press.
British Dictionary definitions for claustrophobic


/ˌklɔːstrəˈfəʊbɪk; ˌklɒs-/
suffering from claustrophobia
unpleasantly cramped, confined, or closed in: narrow claustrophobic spaces
Derived Forms
claustrophobically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for claustrophobic

1889, from claustrophobia + -ic. As a noun, "person who has claustrophobia," it is recorded from 1953.

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