confined; restrained; not vented or expressed; curbed: pent-up emotions; pent-up rage.

1705–15; adj. use of verb phrase pent up

repressed, suppressed, bottled-up. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To pent-up
World English Dictionary
1.  not released; repressed: pent-up emotions
2.  kept unwillingly: I've been pent up in this office for over a year

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Example sentences
But the process of filtering through the pent-up supply of potential is
However, if you do manage to break through the ice, there is much pent-up and
  sincere warmth to enjoy.
Along the way, they pummel each other verbally with their constant squabbling
  and dredge up several decades of pent-up grudges.
With no physical outlet for their pent-up energy, coaches occasionally seem
  more fired up than their players.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature