from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The fear or dislike of new things.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Fear of novelty; abhorrence of what is new or unaccustomed; dislike of innovation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a morbid fear of novelty


neo- + -phobia. (Wiktionary)



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  • JM would readily admit to neophobia but doesn’t like anything new.

    June 27, 2009

  • The study, led by Dr. Lucy Cooke of the department of epidemiology and public health at University College London, was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in August. Dr. Cooke and others in the field believe it is the first to use a standard scale to investigate the contribution of genetics and environment to childhood neophobia. (NY Times)

    October 17, 2007