paranoid

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adjective para·noid \ˈper-ə-ˌnȯid, ˌpa-rə-\

Definition of paranoid

  1. 1 :  characterized by or resembling paranoia

  2. 2 :  characterized by suspiciousness, persecutory trends, or megalomania

  3. 3 :  extremely fearful

paranoid

noun

Examples of paranoid in a sentence

  1. I guess I was just being paranoid.

  2. She's a little paranoid about her job.

  3. It's nothing more than a paranoid fantasy.

1904

First Known Use of paranoid

1904

Variants of paranoid

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paranoidal

play \ˌper-ə-ˈnȯi-dəl, ˌpa-rə-\

PARANOID Defined for English Language Learners

paranoid

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adjective para·noid \ˈper-ə-ˌnȯid, ˌpa-rə-\

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

paranoid

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adjective para·noid \ˈper-ə-ˌnȯid\

Definition of paranoid for Students

  1. :  having unreasonable feelings of suspicion, distrust, and persecution


Medical Dictionary

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paranoid

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adjective para·noid \ˈpar-ə-ˌnȯid\

Medical Definition of paranoid

  1. 1:  characterized by or resembling paranoia or paranoid schizophrenia

  2. 2:  characterized by suspiciousness, persecutory trends, or megalomania

Variants of paranoid

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paranoidal

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paranoid

noun para·noid

Medical Definition of paranoid

  1. :  one affected with paranoia or paranoid schizophrenia—called also paranoiac


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