Definition of paranoid in English:



  • 1Characterized by or suffering from the mental condition of paranoia.

    ‘paranoid schizophrenia’
    • ‘However, her parental role has diminished with her increasing flights into paranoid delusions.’
    • ‘It seems the defendant is suffering from a paranoid personality disorder.’
    • ‘So like most people confronted with paranoid delusions, they react inappropriately: with my gran, they tend to laugh and make a joke of it.’
    • ‘He has a history of mental health problems including paranoid delusions as well as a history of alcohol and drugs misuse.’
    • ‘One of the main problems with this drug is that it can make the user anxious and paranoid dependant on their mood and their surroundings.’
    • ‘Some of us may be unusually paranoid or suspicious, again a characteristic perhaps of schizophrenia.’
    • ‘Shortly after he finished his first album, he was diagnosed with chronic paranoid schizophrenia.’
    • ‘Martin was a diabetic with paranoid schizophrenia, and he had been out of his insulin for over a month.’
    • ‘She did not describe auditory hallucinations nor have paranoid delusions.’
    • ‘The long-term projection for people with paranoid personality disorder is bleak.’
    • ‘Mr Murray told magistrates that Porter was suffering from an untreatable paranoid personality disorder.’
    • ‘His nurse told him years ago that he was showing symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia.’
    • ‘Their paranoid delusions often disappeared, and their ability to relate to other people improved.’
    • ‘Alan Fuller, defending, said that his client had a history of paranoid schizophrenia and had made a suicide attempt during the course of the case.’
    • ‘The mother of a student who claims he developed paranoid schizophrenia after being prescribed a controversial acne drug was due to appear on television.’
    • ‘People with paranoid disorders are often hostile and suspicious and appear eccentric.’
    • ‘The appellant suffers from paranoid schizophrenia which is a mental illness within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1983.’
    • ‘Gary Macey has paranoid schizophrenia and has received treatment at the hospital for much of 2004.’
    • ‘Attacks may be induced by starvation and accompanied by paranoid psychosis.’
    • ‘The court heard that three psychiatrists had all diagnosed him as suffering from paranoid schizophrenic with auditory hallucinations.’
    1. 1.1Unreasonably or obsessively anxious, suspicious, or mistrustful.
      ‘you think I'm paranoid but I tell you there is something going on’
      • ‘Now, if you had just heard a ghost talk, something they're not supposed to be able to do, wouldn't you be just a bit paranoid?’
      • ‘‘People are paranoid about what they can eat and what they can't,’ Jenny points out.’
      • ‘I was a little paranoid about riding in a stranger's car and all, but it was an emergency after all.’
      • ‘Where did he get such an obsessive, paranoid personality from?’
      • ‘But the real danger for these three men is each other as they become greedy, suspicious and paranoid.’
      • ‘Falford would forever be at least mildly paranoid and mistrustful of the world.’
      • ‘We should not forget that Bulgarian people are quite paranoid of being investigated or that information could be collected on them.’
      • ‘If he sounds a bit paranoid about the social status of art and artists, one can more or less understand.’
      • ‘I am paranoid about personal hygiene, and I constantly wash clothes and burn candles in my apartment for company.’
      • ‘Feeling someone's eyes on me, I looked around the cafeteria, feeling a little paranoid.’
      • ‘Around the time of his death, he was reported to be paranoid, dictatorial, obsessed with his celebrity and his physique.’
      • ‘Sometimes it's tough being shy and I feel a bit paranoid.’
      • ‘I may be a bit paranoid, but I'm pretty sure the traffic helicopter was following me in to work today.’
      • ‘Sometimes he wondered if years of isolation made her paranoid of burglars, even when she was expecting her own son to visit.’
      • ‘Was The X-Files series so popular because it was so good or because people have become more paranoid?’
      • ‘It may look a bit paranoid, but the lock might be broken and your room would be vulnerable to any nosy intruder who would try the door knob.’
      • ‘Days pass by with no messages from Rachel; soon he starts to become a little paranoid, convinced that she's having an affair behind his back.’
      • ‘I'm not a naturally suspicious or paranoid person.’
      • ‘I get a little paranoid about where these spammers get my e-mail address from’
      • ‘Gemma, naturally paranoid, was suspicious of the stairs and suspected that they were much shorter than they had seemed.’
      irrationally anxious, over-suspicious, paranoiac, suspicious, mistrustful, distrustful, fearful, insecure
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  • A person who is paranoid.

    ‘further accusations would sound like the ramblings of a paranoid’
    • ‘In certain periods of history it's been the paranoids who survived.’
    • ‘Kafka's characters are constantly terrified-though even paranoids have real enemies.’
    • ‘Paranoids have a fatal tendency to look for the enemy in the wrong place.’
    • ‘Lacey was one of those paranoids who were certain the world of machines was out to get them.’
    • ‘Then again his sanity was a big question mark so what really happened to him probably isn't that sinister as a paranoid would have you believe.’