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shut-in

[ shuht-in ]
/ ˈʃʌtˌɪn /
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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 disposed to desire solitude; withdrawn; asocial.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.
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Origin of shut-in

1840–50, Americanism; adj., noun use of verb phrase shut in
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How to use shut-in in a sentence

  • They go as far as Gangra, where the tigers are, for they are 'shutin-tongas.'

    From Sea to Sea|Rudyard Kipling
  • "He went off shutin' an hour ago," explained Phineas Glover.

    Overland|John William De Forest

British Dictionary definitions for shut-in

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psychiatry a condition in which the person is highly withdrawn and unable to express his own feelingsSee also schizoid
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Medical definitions for shut-in

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Disposed to avoid social contact; excessively withdrawn or introverted.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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