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  1. Psychology. of or relating to a personality disorder marked by dissociation, passivity, withdrawal, inability to form warm social relationships, and indifference to praise or criticism.
  2. Informal. of or relating to schizophrenia or to multiple personality.
  1. a schizoid person.

Origin of schizoid

1920–25; schiz- + -oid
Related formsun·schiz·oid, adjective
Can be confusedneurotic psychotic schizoid schizophrenic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for schizoid


  1. psychol denoting a personality disorder characterized by lack of close relationships with other people and more than usual self-absorption
  2. informal, offensive characterized by or showing conflicting or contradictory attitudes, ideas, etc
  1. a person who has a schizoid personality


Rather than referring to someone as a schizoid it is better to talk about a person with a schizoid personality disorder
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Word Origin and History for schizoid

"resembling schizophrenia," 1925, from German schizoid (1921), from front part of schizophrenia + Greek -oeides "like," from eidos "form, shape" (see -oid).

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schizoid in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or having a personality marked by extreme shyness, seclusiveness, and an inability to form close friendships or social relationships.
  2. Schizophrenic. No longer in scientific use.
  1. A schizoid or schizophrenic person.
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