Definition of personal space in English:

personal space


  • The physical space immediately surrounding someone, into which any encroachment feels threatening to or uncomfortable for them.

    ‘he was invading her personal space’
    • ‘The fact that Annie doesn't have a zoom lens meant that she had to invade that person's personal space to get the detail she required.’
    • ‘The concepts of personal space and physical comfort were quite foreign to the typical Jamaican commuter back in those days.’
    • ‘He invades personal space, standing mere inches away from his staff while playing the innuendo card with a heavy-handedness that makes his point painfully obvious.’
    • ‘It would be twice today that this person had invaded her personal space and sneaked up on her.’
    • ‘As the camera was moved around, people reacted to the idea that their personal space was being invaded.’
    • ‘Invading my personal space was obviously his way of making me uncomfortable.’
    • ‘When I came back, my personal space was invaded, but I felt like I was coming home.’
    • ‘Communication is good, but not when it starts to invade other people's privacy, personal space and health.’
    • ‘You have to sign a release form accepting that your instructor may hold you close, touch you and invade your personal space.’
    • ‘After all, you've invaded their very personal space via the airwaves.’
    • ‘I didn't go around and encroach on her personal space though, however tempting it may have been.’
    • ‘Part of her role is to ensure the well-being of students without invading personal space.’
    • ‘How can you conduct yourself so that you refrain from invading my personal space?’
    • ‘Few things, however, have been as upsetting as having my personal space invaded in this way.’
    • ‘I don't like people invading my personal space, I feel all claustrophobic and I sometimes feel people will see I'm not so confident.’
    • ‘I personally thought she was invading his personal space.’
    • ‘Will you please refrain from invading my personal space!’
    • ‘I take a step closer, invading her personal space.’
    • ‘The increase in people's personal space would make pick pocketing much less likely.’
    • ‘Turning a cold shoulder towards others signifies Shanghai people's emphasis on personal space.’


personal space

/ˈpərs(ə)n(ə)l spās/ /ˈpərs(ə)n(ə)l speɪs/