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cocoon

verb; analogy
To habitually stay in one's residence instead of going out and participating in social events.
 
Used primarily in reference to the actions of middle-aged people who feel too tired to be involved in outside things after work, often preferring online social networks to in-person relationships. The term carries a slight negative connotation.
Etymology : Derived by analogy from 'cocoon', meaning to envelop in a protective coating, from French 'cocon,' meaning shell. The action of staying at home serves in a way to insulate the person from the outside world, in the same fashion that a caterpillar's cocoon protects it as it metamorphoses.
Source : 'An increasing number of my friends have started cocooning; it's kind of sad, really.' - Family member, Nov. 26, 2008
Last modified: 2 December 2008


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