- confined to one's home, a hospital, etc., as from illness.
- Psychiatry. disposed to desire solitude; withdrawn; asocial.
- (of an oil or gas well) temporarily sealed up.
- a person confined by infirmity or disease to the house, a hospital, etc.
- Also called shut-in well. an oil or gas well that has been closed down.
Origin of shut-in
1840–50, Americanism; adj., noun use of verb phrase shut in
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Examples from the Web for shut-in
She may have thought teaching her shut-in son to shoot was therapeutic.Nancy Lanza Was Deluded to Keep Guns at Home With Troubled Adam
December 19, 2012
The thoughts awakened by the sight of the shut-in girls were not happy ones.Patchwork
Anna Balmer Myers
For the men of this country are accustomed to call a narrow, shut-in pass "alps."Procopius
He could not content himself, however, in this shut-in country.Heroes of To-Day
Mary R. Parkman
Ive just come back from Alaska, and it seems so shut-in there.
Through clefts in our shut-in way we could see snow on the mountains.The Amazing Argentine
John Foster Fraser
- mainly US and Canadian
- a person confined indoors by illness
- (as modifier)a shut-in patient
- psychiatry a condition in which the person is highly withdrawn and unable to express his own feelingsSee also schizoid
Word Origin and History for shut-in
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A person confined indoors by illness or disability.
- Confined to a home or hospital, as by illness.
- Disposed to avoid social contact; excessively withdrawn or introverted.
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