from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or having a personality disorder marked by extreme shyness, flat affect, reclusiveness, discomfort with others, and an inability to form close relationships.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or suggestive of schizophrenia. No longer in scientific use.
  • adj. Informal Relating to or characterized by the coexistence of disparate or antagonistic elements: "This schizoid town is part resort, part sardine cannery” ( Jean Anderson).
  • n. A schizoid person.

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  • adj. characterized by social withdrawal and flat affect
  • adj. schizophrenic
  • n. someone with Schizoid Personality Disorder
  • n. someone with schizophrenia

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of schizophrenia
  • n. characterized by symptoms similar to but less severe than schizophrenia
  • adj. marked by withdrawal and inability to form close relationships


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