This person first thought to any question is to react that the other person wants something from them. An example. If you ask them if they want to go to the store that person would say I'm not paying for anything. Or if if you want them to hang out they say do I look like an ATM you are always trying to get me to spend money! Or they would answer you just don't want to spend your money on gas. They don't give you a chance to finish your thoughts or intentions they just group you in a category.

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    I would probably call them paranoid, though I’m sure there are many people out there who would refer to such a person as a wife or husband. (Incidentally, please take the time to separate your post into paragraphs and punctuate it properly. The way it is currently written, it is very cumbersome to read.) – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jan 13 '15 at 16:06
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    paranoid is too harsh. that implied delusional thinking - whereas this person may have had real instances of such occurrences. – kns98 Jan 13 '15 at 16:25
  • @kns98 No, paranoid does not necessarily imply delusions. The narrower, clinical sense is much less common in actual language usage than the broader sense (sense 1.1): “Unreasonably or obsessively anxious, suspicious, or mistrustful”. I would certainly call a person such as this unreasonably suspicious/mistrustful. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jan 13 '15 at 16:44
  • As much-under-rated philosopher Mongo observes in impossible-to-over-rate Blazing Saddles, "Mongo only pawn in game of life". He knows perfectly well he's just being used by other people all the time, but he doesn't let this bother him. – FumbleFingers Jan 13 '15 at 17:12
  • From the two examples, cheap comes to mind, as does the more general term annoying. – Wayfaring Stranger Jan 13 '15 at 20:02

I think the best way to refer to them (politely) is guarded. (Cautious, reserved, suspicious - from various dictionaries.)

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The second definition of cynical describes this attitude:

2 : having or showing the attitude or temper of a cynic: as

a : contemptuously distrustful of human nature and motives <those cynical men who say that democracy cannot be honest and efficient — F. D. Roosevelt>

b : based on or reflecting a belief that human conduct is motivated primarily by self-interest <a cynical ploy to win votes>

(Source: Merriam-Webster)

So, you could say, "He is a cynic," or "He is cynical."

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What springs to my mind are "tightwad" and "jerk".

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I would use 'stand offish' or confrontational. It seems like this person is protecting their territory.

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  • Standoffish and confrontational are almost synonyms. While confrontational can certainly be used to describe such a person, it doesn’t really describe the suspiciousness behind the constant confrontationism—there are lots of other ways to be confrontational. And standoffish is not a word I can meaningfully apply to the kind of person described in the question at all. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jan 13 '15 at 16:41

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