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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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  • They are narrow-minded, but their narrow-mindedness is relieved by intensity of purpose.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • 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 Raphael Sabatini
  • 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.

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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