I. noun Date: 1891 1. a person who is confined to home, a room, or bed because of illness or incapacity 2. a narrow gorge-shaped part of an otherwise wide valley 3. available oil or gas which is not being produced from an existing well II. adjective Date: 1909 1. confined to one's home or an institution by illness or incapacity 2. a. secretive, brooding <
a bitter, shut-in face — Claudia Cassidy
b. tending to avoid social contact ; withdrawn <
the shut-in personality type — S. K. Weinberg

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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