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[nar-oh-mahyn-did] /ˈnær oʊˈmaɪn dɪd/
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
Related forms
narrow-mindedly, adverb
narrow-mindedness, noun
unnarrow-minded, adjective
unnarrow-mindedly, adverb
unnarrow-mindedness, noun
1. bigoted, biased, partial, intolerant, illiberal, self-righteous.
1. tolerant. Unabridged
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  • He would favour Protestants as much as Roman Catholics—and scandalise the narrow-minded community.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
  • Apart from this, he was at once narrow-minded and obstinate.

    Grey Town Gerald Baldwin
  • Each and all of these several cliques are, in common with all cliques, narrow-minded and intolerant.

    She and I, Volume 2 John Conroy Hutcheson
  • Even the wisest among them who do know something about it, are the most narrow-minded.

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
  • There was no false pride about Poker Vandeleur; no narrow-minded dislike to being paid for.

    Mount Royal, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for narrow-minded


having a biased or illiberal viewpoint; bigoted, intolerant, or prejudiced
Derived Forms
narrow-mindedly, adverb
narrow-mindedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for narrow-minded

also narrow minded, 1620s, from narrow (adj.) + minded. Related: Narrow-mindedness. Middle English had narrow-hearted "mean, ungenerous, ignoble" (c.1200).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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