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[lit-er-uh l-mahyn-did] /ˈlɪt ər əlˌmaɪn dɪd/
unimaginative; prosaic; matter-of-fact.
Origin of literal-minded
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Charlie, also literal-minded and still after the foot, echoed Rachel, "You bet your life it is."

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • "You don't look like her daughter," remarked Betty, who was literal-minded to a fault.

  • His style was bombastic and diffuse, and like them, he was superficial and literal-minded.

  • And to make it worse, Marilda is the most literal-minded girl.

  • This seems to some of us a literal-minded, Western way of interpreting an Oriental metaphor.

    Crowds Gerald Stanley Lee
  • "Never had any, ma'am," said Uncle Mo, literal-minded from constitutional good-faith.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • But Mary was a literal-minded monkey and thought she was referring to quotations from books superior to the ones she used.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • She had meant the speech as a jeer, but literal-minded Lydia Sessions welcomed its suggestion.

    The Power and the Glory Grace MacGowan Cooke

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