triskaidekaphobia

[ tris-kahy-dek-uh-foh-bee-uh, tris-kuh- ]
/ ˌtrɪs kaɪˌdɛk əˈfoʊ bi ə, ˌtrɪs kə- /

noun

fear or a phobia concerning the number 13.

Nearby words

  1. trisepalous,
  2. triseptate,
  3. triserial,
  4. trisexual,
  5. trishaw,
  6. triskelion,
  7. trismegistus,
  8. trismus,
  9. trisoctahedron,
  10. trisodium

Origin of triskaidekaphobia

1910–15; < Greek triskaídeka thirteen + -phobia

Related formstris·kai·dek·a·pho·bic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for triskaidekaphobia

triskaidekaphobia

/ (ˌtrɪskaɪˌdɛkəˈfəʊbɪə) /

noun

an abnormal fear of the number thirteen
Derived Formstriskaidekaphobic, adjective, noun

Word Origin for triskaidekaphobia

C20: from Greek triskaideka thirteen + -phobia

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Word Origin and History for triskaidekaphobia

triskaidekaphobia

n.

"fear of the number 13," 1911, from Greek treiskaideka "thirteen" + -phobia "fear."

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