- having or showing a prejudiced mind, as persons or opinions; biased.
- not receptive to new ideas; having a closed mind.
Origin of narrow-minded
First recorded in 1615–25
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1. bigoted, biased, partial, intolerant, illiberal, self-righteous.
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Examples from the Web for narrow-minded
I think that has a lot to do with various prejudices and narrow-minded pockets of our culture.Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Why He’s Exploring the Word ‘Feminism’ and Online Misogyny
September 22, 2014
Ours is a unique nation, and we have to assert our unity and say no to these narrow-minded movements.India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux
March 22, 2014
He also posted the tips videos on YouTube, where his eclectic likes suggest the very opposite of a narrow-minded fanatic.Don’t Turn This Malaysia Airlines Pilot Into Flight 370’s Richard Jewell
March 17, 2014
I would have suspected them of narrow-minded political motives.The ‘Soldier’ With the Bazooka—World War II, Iraq, and a Story of the Good War
July 5, 2013
Some feminists are narrow-minded, uptight, and unfamiliar with the concept of laughing at themselves.Louis C.K. on Daniel Tosh’s Rape Joke: Are Comedy and Feminism Enemies?
Jennifer L. Pozner
July 18, 2012
They are narrow-minded, but their narrow-mindedness is relieved by intensity of purpose.Mountain Meditations
You cannot imagine a more ignorant, intolerant, narrow-minded woman than she.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
It was a plea that won him no favour with his narrow-minded judges.The Sea-Hawk
How narrow-minded, after all, of her, who ought to have known better!A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
Ignorant, narrow-minded women do not make the best wives and mothers.
- having a biased or illiberal viewpoint; bigoted, intolerant, or prejudiced
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Word Origin and History for narrow-minded
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