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From Ancient Greek σχίζω (skhízō, to split) +‎ -oid, from εἶδος (eîdos, form, likeness).


  • IPA(key): /ˈskɪtsɔɪd/, /ˈskɪdzɔɪd/


schizoid (comparative more schizoid, superlative most schizoid)

  1. characterized by social withdrawal and flat affect
    • 1974, Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., chapter 8, in The Myth of Mental Illness[1], ISBN 0-06-091151-4, page 135:
      Abstract symbol systems, such as mathematics, are especially valuable for object-seeking for schizoid personalities. By means of such symbolizations, object contact may be sought and obtained, while at the same time a psychological distance may be maintained between self and other; it is virtually impossible to have a personal relationship and at the same time to maintain such distance.
  2. (archaic) schizophrenic
  3. (figuratively) Behaving as if one has more than one personality; wildly changeable.
    • 1972, Roy Temple House, ‎Ernst Erich Noth, Books Abroad (volume 46, page 32)
      Babits himself never fully lived up to this program; indeed, the declaration itself shows his schizoid attitude toward poetry: he wants to say out loud that he does not want to be heard.


schizoid (plural schizoids)

  1. someone with schizoid personality disorder
  2. (archaic) someone with schizophrenia