of or relating to a phobia or phobias.


a person suffering from a phobia.

Origin of phobic

1895–1900; phob(ia) + -ic, or by abstraction from adjectives ending in -phobic
Related formsnon·pho·bic, adjective


a combining form used to form adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -phobe: acrophobic; photophobic.

Origin of -phobic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for phobic

Contemporary Examples of phobic

Historical Examples of phobic

  • Are you depressed (see 5, Table 1) or phobic (see 4.2, Table 1)?

  • These are people too hesitant, or phobic to commit themselves to the assumption of any kind of risk.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

British Dictionary definitions for phobic



of, relating to, or arising from a phobia


a person suffering from a phobia
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Word Origin and History for phobic

1888, from phobia + -ic. As a noun from 1968. The Greek adjective was phobetikos "liable to fear."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

phobic in Medicine




Of, relating to, arising from, or having a phobia.


One who has a phobia.



Having a fear of or aversion for:photophobic.
Lacking an affinity for:lyophobic.
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