psycho

noun
psy·​cho | \ ˈsī-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce psycho (audio) \
plural psychos

Definition of psycho

: a deranged or psychopathic person not used technically

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Other Words from psycho

psycho adjective

Examples of psycho in a Sentence

He plays a drug-dealing psycho in the movie. a story based on a real-life psycho who had serious mother-son issues
Recent Examples on the Web At least one person ends the episode feeling quite chipper: Byron, who wakes up, freshly chipped, laughing like a psycho. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Made for Love Recap: Representation Matters," 8 Apr. 2021 The perilous journey of a woman (Jules Willcox) being stalked by a middle-aged psycho (Marc Menchaca), first on the road and then through a treacherous forest, pulls a lot from its heart-racing predecessors. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Janelle Monae in 'Antebellum,' Netflix's 'The Devil All the Time'," 18 Sep. 2020 In Christie’s novel, a group of strangers is lured to an isolated house on an island, where, in short order, a psycho prunes the guest list. Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post, "Ruth Ware’s ingenious ‘One by One’ pays homage to Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’," 7 Sep. 2020 In Taxi Driver, a psycho stalks a presidential candidate with intent to murder him, slinks away because security looks threatening, then decides to murder a pimp and others responsible for the degradation of a child prostitute. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Politics of Joker," 5 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of psycho

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for psycho

short for psychopath

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21 Apr 2021

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“Psycho.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psycho. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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psycho

noun

English Language Learners Definition of psycho

informal : a person who is mentally ill and often dangerous or violent

psycho

noun
psy·​cho | \ ˈsī-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce psycho (audio) \
plural psychos

Medical Definition of psycho

: a deranged or psychopathic individual not used technically

Other Words from psycho

psycho adjective

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