[ shuht-in ]
/ ˈʃʌtˌɪn /
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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 disposed to desire solitude; withdrawn; asocial.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.
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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
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psychiatry a condition in which the person is highly withdrawn and unable to express his own feelingsSee also schizoid
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