shut in

shut in
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shuht in]
    • /ʃʌt ɪn/
    • /ʃʌt ɪn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shuht in]
    • /ʃʌt ɪn/

Definitions of shut in words

  • adjective shut in closed; fastened up: a shut door. 1
  • adjective shut in Phonetics. checked (def 2). 1
  • noun shut in the act or time of shutting or closing. 1
  • noun shut in the line where two pieces of welded metal are united. 1
  • verb with object shut in to put (a door, cover, etc.) in position to close or obstruct. 1
  • verb with object shut in to close the doors of (often followed by up): to shut up a shop for the night. 1

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Origin of shut in

First appearance:

before 1840
One of the 33% newest English words
1840-50, Americanism; adj., noun use of verb phrase shut in

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Shut in


shut in popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 46% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 60% 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.

shut in usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for shut in

verb shut in

  • barricade — A barricade is a line of vehicles or other objects placed across a road or open space to stop people getting past, for example during street fighting or as a protest.
  • bastille — a fortress in Paris, built in the 14th century: a prison until its destruction in 1789, at the beginning of the French Revolution
  • besiege — If you are besieged by people, many people want something from you and continually bother you.
  • blockaded — the isolating, closing off, or surrounding of a place, as a port, harbor, or city, by hostile ships or troops to prevent entrance or exit.
  • bottle up — If you bottle up strong feelings, you do not express them or show them, especially when this makes you tense or angry.

adj shut in

  • bedfast — bedridden
  • confined — If something is confined to a particular place, it exists only in that place. If it is confined to a particular group, only members of that group have it.
  • cramper — a spiked metal plate used as a brace for the feet in throwing the stone
  • iced — of or made of ice: ice shavings; an ice sculpture.

adjective shut in

  • caged — A caged bird or animal is inside a cage.
  • circumscribed — to draw a line around; encircle: to circumscribe a city on a map.
  • claustrophobic — You describe a place or situation as claustrophobic when it makes you feel uncomfortable and unhappy because you are enclosed or restricted.
  • compassed — Simple past tense and past participle of compass.
  • cramp — Cramp is a sudden strong pain caused by a muscle suddenly contracting. You sometimes get cramp in a muscle after you have been making a physical effort over a long period of time.

noun shut in

  • consumptive — A consumptive person suffers from tuberculosis.
  • incurable — not curable; that cannot be cured, remedied, or corrected: an incurable disease.

Antonyms for shut in

verb shut in

  • loose — free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.

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