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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kloz-i-tid]
    • /ˈklɒz ɪ tɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kloz-i-tid]
    • /ˈklɒz ɪ tɪd/

Definitions of closeted word

  • adjective closeted If you are closeted with someone, you are talking privately to them. 3
  • adjective closeted concealing one's identity, esp. one's sexual orientation 3
  • adjective closeted private; secluded. 1
  • adjective closeted suited for use or enjoyment in privacy: closet reflections; closet prayer. 1
  • adjective closeted engaged in private study or speculation; speculative; unpractical: a closet thinker with no practical experience. 1
  • adjective closeted being or functioning as such in private; secret: a closet anarchist. 1

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Origin of closeted

First appearance:

before 1675
One of the 48% oldest English words
First recorded in 1675-85; closet + -ed2

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Closeted


closeted popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 54% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

closeted usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for closeted

verb closeted

  • incarcerate — to imprison; confine.
  • apprehend — If the police apprehend someone, they catch them and arrest them.
  • detain — When people such as the police detain someone, they keep them in a place under their control.
  • jail — a prison, especially one for the detention of persons awaiting trial or convicted of minor offenses.
  • commit — If someone commits a crime or a sin, they do something illegal or bad.

noun closeted

  • lofted — a room, storage area, or the like within a sloping roof; attic; garret.
  • vaulted — constructed or covered with a vault, as a building or chamber.
  • buffeted — a blow, as with the hand or fist.
  • recessed — temporary withdrawal or cessation from the usual work or activity.

Antonyms for closeted

verb closeted

  • release — to lease again.
  • liberate — to set free, as from imprisonment or bondage.
  • cease — If something ceases, it stops happening or existing.
  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • assist — If you assist someone, you help them to do a job or task by doing part of the work for them.

adjective closeted

  • opened — not closed or barred at the time, as a doorway by a door, a window by a sash, or a gateway by a gate: to leave the windows open at night.

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