Discussion in 'English Only' started by H i B a, Feb 20, 2006.
What do you call someone dosn't trust people?
"Distrustful" seems to fit the bill (although, as I'm sure you'll find, there are many alternatives that may be used...)
Hope that helps!
"Distrustful" works, and here are a bunch of synonyms, many of which also work.
A sceptical person.
Or, as a noun, a "sceptic."
"Cynic" is another possibility.
Leery or wary may work.
ex: John is leery of the other students.
or... John is wary of others.
I'd call him a paranoid-- I assume you aren't asking what you might "call" such a person to his face.
That's the term that came to my mind first, as the most obvious-- but I see no one else mentioned it, and it's not in the thesaurus list Isotta posted a link to. Maybe it's a colloquial-AE thing.
I might call such a person a credit manager.
Thank you all for your rsponses, can we say " you are a A sceptical person? or distrustful person?" to mention it face to face?
You could, but please make sure you know the person relatively well and that he would be able to take it.
I would sooner say "you are a sceptical person" to someone's face than say "you are a distrustful person".
You might like to soften the blow by saying "you're a bit of a sceptic, aren't you?"
Whether you can use all these words to someone's face probably depends on your relationship with him.
I don't think there's a noun, and nobody else has come up with a noun that really means what you're asking about.
I much prefer "mistrustful" to "distrustful".
Thank you guys, I think distrustful is what i was looking for.
Separate names with a comma.