rare a person displaying eccentric behaviour and mental characteristics that approach the psychotic

Word Origin for mattoid

C19: from Italian, from matto insane
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Examples from the Web for mattoid

Historical Examples of mattoid

  • I thought at first you were a mattoid, but you're so amazingly consistent.

    The Wonderful Visit

    Herbert George Wells

  • These mattoid scientists make a direct and disastrous attack upon the latent self-respect of criminals.