from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Confined to one's home, as by illness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Restricted to one's home, as by physical infirmity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. confined to the home, usually due to illness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Confined to the house, as with sickness; ‘shut in.’
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. confined usually by illness
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Are calling my housebound octogenarian mum odious?
I think it's something that happens more and more as people get older, as people become "housebound," suffer injuries, debilitating illness, etc.
"If I hadn't got so kind of housebound," she added with touching frankness, "I'd just as soon go over with you an 'offer to watch this night."
Shaich and his family have volunteered in soup kitchens and bread lines, and delivered groceries to the housebound.
Some of the participants lived in retirement homes and may have led full lives without needing to leave the buildings where they live; however, they were still counted as being housebound.
Temporarily housebound and recovering from a auto accident, Piven invited Olson to her New York apartment.
Why don't you go and tell someone housebound by joint pain or blinded by a cataract they have an "over active imagination"?
"Something for Animal Control," said the Dispatcher, patching me through to a very calm woman in, apparently, the business of dealing with everything in the realm of fauna except housebound squirrels.
He supports the Trevor Project, the suicide-prevention hotline for gay teens founded by his friend James Lecesne, and works occasionally with God's Love We Deliver, which serves housebound people with AIDS.
The lady was left housebound and still paying for the finance, which made it increasingly difficult for her to meet her other financial commitments.