shutin

shut-in

[shuht-in]
adjective
1.
confined to one's home, a hospital, etc., as from illness.
2.
Psychiatry. disposed to desire solitude; withdrawn; asocial.
3.
(of an oil or gas well) temporarily sealed up.
noun
4.
a person confined by infirmity or disease to the house, a hospital, etc.
5.
Also called shut-in well. an oil or gas well that has been closed down.

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism; adj., noun use of verb phrase shut in

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shut-in
 
n
1.  chiefly (US), (Canadian)
 a.  a person confined indoors by illness
 b.  (as modifier): a shut-in patient
2.  psychiatry See also schizoid a condition in which the person is highly withdrawn and unable to express his own feelings

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shut-in n.
A person confined indoors by illness or disability. adj.

  1. Confined to a home or hospital, as by illness.

  2. Disposed to avoid social contact; excessively withdrawn or introverted.

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