Etymology
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shut-in (n.)

"person confined from normal social intercourse," 1904, from the verbal phrase (attested by late 14c. as "lock (someone) in (some place);" from shut (v.) + in (adv.). As an adjective, shut-in "enclosed, hemmed in" is attested by 1849, especially of persons, "isolated and confined by disability, etc."

updated on September 22, 2022

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Definitions of shut-in from WordNet
1
shut-in (adj.)
somewhat introverted;
Synonyms: introvertish
shut-in (adj.)
confined usually by illness;
Synonyms: homebound / housebound
2
shut-in (n.)
someone who is incapacitated by a chronic illness or injury;
Synonyms: invalid
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