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pent-up

[ pent-uhp ]
/ ˈpɛntˈʌp /
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adjective

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

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RELATED WORDS

stifled, repressed, suppressed, inhibited, restrained, restricted, constrained, bridled, checked, curbed

Nearby words

penstemon, penstock, pensée, pensées, pent, pent-up, pent., penta-, pentachloronitrobenzene, pentachlorophenol, pentacle

Origin of pent-up

First recorded in 1705–15; adj. use of verb phrase pent up
SYNONYMS FOR pent-up
repressed, suppressed, bottled-up.
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British Dictionary definitions for pent-up

pent-up


adjective (pent up when postpositive)

not released; repressedpent-up emotions
kept unwillinglyI've been pent up in this office for over a year
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