1) ADJ-GRADED You describe a place or situation as claustrophobic when it makes you feel uncomfortable and unhappy because you are enclosed or restricted.

They lived in an unhealthily claustrophobic atmosphere...

The house felt too claustrophobic.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ If you feel claustrophobic, you feel very uncomfortable or anxious when you are in a small, crowded, or enclosed place.

The churning, pressing crowds made her feel claustrophobic.

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  • claustrophobic — (adj.) 1889, from CLAUSTROPHOBIA (Cf. claustrophobia) + IC (Cf. ic). As a noun, person who has claustrophobia, it is recorded from 1953 …   Etymology dictionary

  • claustrophobic — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, seem ▪ I felt a little claustrophobic in the tiny room. ▪ become, get ▪ make sb …   Collocations dictionary

  • claustrophobic — claus|tro|pho|bic [ ,klɔstrə foubık ] adjective 1. ) feeling afraid because you are in a small or crowded space or in a place that seems difficult to get out of quickly a ) a claustrophobic place makes you feel afraid and uncomfortable because it …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • claustrophobic — adjective 1 feeling extremely anxious when you are in a small enclosed space: I get claustrophobic in elevators. 2 making you feel anxious and uncomfortable as if you are enclosed in a small space: a claustrophobic atmosphere …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • claustrophobic — UK [ˌklɔːstrəˈfəʊbɪk] / US [ˌklɔstrəˈfoʊbɪk] adjective 1) a) feeling afraid because you are in a small or crowded space or in a place that seems difficult to get out of quickly b) a claustrophobic place makes you feel afraid and uncomfortable… …   English dictionary

  • claustrophobic — confined confined adj. 1. having movement restricted to within a certain area; usually a building. Opposite of {unconfined}. Note: [Narrower terms: {claustrophobic}; {close, confining}; {homebound, housebound, shut in}; {in childbed(prenominal)}; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • claustrophobic — claustrophobically, adv. /klaw streuh foh bik/, adj. 1. pertaining to or suffering from claustrophobia. 2. tending to induce claustrophobia: a small, airless, claustrophobic room. [see CLAUSTROPHOBIA, PHOBIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • claustrophobic — 1. adjective a) Suffering from claustrophobia; being scared of being enclosed in a confined space. ...within the monstrous arrangements of dried flowers on the table tops, against the Victorian clutter of that claustrophobic room... b) Cramped… …   Wiktionary

  • claustrophobic — Relating to or suffering from claustrophobia. * * * claus·tro·pho·bic .klȯ strə fō bik adj 1) suffering from or inclined to claustrophobia 2) inducing or suggesting claustrophobia claus·tro·pho·bi·cal·ly bi k(ə )lē adv claustrophobic n …   Medical dictionary

  • claustrophobic — adjective suffering from claustrophobia. ↘(of a place or situation) inducing claustrophobia. noun a claustrophobic person. Derivatives claustrophobically adverb …   English new terms dictionary

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