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.
First Known Use of paranoid
Variants of paranoid
paranoidalplay \ˌper-ə-ˈnȯi-dəl, ˌpa-rə-\
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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