shut-in

[ shuht-in ]
/ ˈʃʌtˌɪn /

adjective

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 disposed to desire solitude; withdrawn; asocial.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.

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. shut one's eyes to,
  2. shut out,
  3. shut the door,
  4. shut up,
  5. shut-eye,
  6. shut-off,
  7. shut-out bid,
  8. shutdown,
  9. shute,
  10. shute, nevil

Origin of shut-in

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

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British Dictionary definitions for shut-in well

shut-in

noun

mainly US and Canadian
  1. a person confined indoors by illness
  2. (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psychiatry a condition in which the person is highly withdrawn and unable to express his own feelingsSee also schizoid
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Word Origin and History for shut-in well

shut-in

n.

"person confined from normal social intercourse," 1904, from the verbal phrase, from shut (v.) + in (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for shut-in well

shut-in

[ shŭtĭn′ ]

n.

A person confined indoors by illness or disability.

adj.

Confined to a home or hospital, as by illness.
Disposed to avoid social contact; excessively withdrawn or introverted.

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