- 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 disposed to desire solitude; withdrawn; asocial.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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- 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- psychiatry a condition in which the person is highly withdrawn and unable to express his own feelingsSee also schizoid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 well
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- Disposed to avoid social contact; excessively withdrawn or introverted.
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