Formed in English from the Ancient Greek ἅμαξα (hámaxa, “waggon”) + the -phobia, the latter element itself deriving from the Ancient Greek -φοβία (-phobía). The etymologically consistent spelling is *hamaxophobia, but that spelling is not attested outside word-lists and dictionaries.
- Rhymes: -əʊbiə
- Fear of being in or riding in a vehicle.
1908, Charles Hamilton Hughes, The Alienist and Neurologist, volume 29, page 65:
- I have known of at least two well marked instances of amaxophobia originating in the fright of being run away with and the effect of the shock abiding with them throughout the after life […]
- For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:amaxophobia.