paranoid

[ par-uh-noid ]
/ ˈpær əˌnɔɪd /

adjective

of, like, or suffering from paranoia.

noun

a person suffering from paranoia.

Nearby words

  1. paraneoplastic syndrome,
  2. paranephros,
  3. parang,
  4. paranoia,
  5. paranoiac,
  6. paranoid personality,
  7. paranoid schizophrenia,
  8. paranomia,
  9. paranormal,
  10. paranthropus

Also par·a·noi·ac [par-uh-noi-ak, -ik] /ˌpær əˈnɔɪ æk, -ɪk/, par·a·noe·ac [par-uh-nee-ak, -ik] /ˌpær əˈni æk, -ɪk/.

Origin of paranoid

1900–05; paranoi(a) + -oid, with base and suffix merged, perhaps by haplology from the expected *paranoioid

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British Dictionary definitions for paranoid

paranoid

/ (ˈpærəˌnɔɪd) /

adjective

of, characterized by, or resembling paranoia
informal exhibiting undue suspicion, fear of persecution, etc

noun

a person who shows the behaviour patterns associated with paranoia
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Word Origin and History for paranoid

paranoid

adj.

1901, irregularly formed from paranoia + -oid. As a noun, "a paranoid person," attested from 1922.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for paranoid

paranoid

[ părə-noid′ ]

adj.

Relating to, characteristic of, or affected with paranoia.

n.

One affected with paranoia.

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