• (RP) IPA: /ˌhʌɪ.dɹə(ʊ)ˈfəʊ.bɪ.ə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˌhaɪ.dɹəˈfoʊ.bɪ.ə/


  1. (pathology) An aversion to water#Noun|water, as a symptom of rabies; the disease of rabies itself.
    Synonyms: hydrophoby
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, “An Apologie of Raymond Sebond”, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗, page 319 ↗:
      {...}} Cato, who ſcorned both death and fortune, could not abide the ſight of a looking glaſſe or of water; overcome with horrour, and quelled with amazement, if by the contagion of a mad dog he had fallen#English|falne into that ſickneſſe which Phiſitians call Hydroforbia, or feare of waters.
  2. (psychology, colloquial) A morbid fear#Noun|fear of water; aquaphobia.
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