Definition of paranoid
2 : characterized by suspiciousness, persecutory trends, or megalomania behaving in a paranoid manner with accusations of persecutions
3 : extremely fearful was so paranoid that he was afraid to walk the streets
Examples of paranoid in a Sentence
I guess I was just being paranoid.
She's a little paranoid about her job.
It's nothing more than a paranoid fantasy.
Recent Examples of paranoid from the Web
The previous CBA came the summer after LeBron left Cleveland for Miami, and it was conceived to appease owners who were deeply paranoid about free agents flocking to superteams in big markets.
To understand the other half, one need only recall that the Russians really are, truly, deeply, paranoid.
And for the paranoid, one of the software options is the security-first Qubes OS.
To Trump’s critics, these assertions come off as paranoid fear of a non-existent shadow government and an effort to create a scapegoat for the White House’s struggles.
When Spears was off his medication, he was irritated, irrational and paranoid, Sabrina Spears said.
The good news is that the vast majority of second-hand sales go through with no problems at all, so don't get paranoid unnecessarily.
At the next stop, Ross delivered water and a hug to Darrell, who said he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic in 2008.
In August, when a teenager suffering an episode of paranoid schizophrenia killed an American tourist in a busy London street, armed police rushed to the scene but not a single bullet was fired.
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First Known Use of paranoid
PARANOID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of paranoid for English Language Learners
medical : of, relating to, or suffering from a mental illness that causes you to falsely believe that people are trying to harm you
: having or showing an unreasonable feeling that people are trying to harm you, do not like you, etc. : feeling or showing paranoia
PARANOID Defined for Kids
Definition of paranoid for Students
: having unreasonable feelings of suspicion, distrust, and persecution
Medical Definition of paranoid
: one affected with paranoia or paranoid schizophrenia—called also paranoiac
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