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[neer-sahy-tid, -sahy-] /ˈnɪərˌsaɪ tɪd, -ˈsaɪ-/
seeing distinctly at a short distance only; myopic.
Origin of nearsighted
First recorded in 1680-90; near + sight + -ed3
Related forms
nearsightedly, adverb
nearsightedness, noun Unabridged
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  • The judges of the earth are near-sighted and prone to be deceived.

    The Basket of Flowers Christoph von Schmid
  • Then, unless the Japs are near-sighted, I expect an easy time when I go out.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • Pa is near-sighted, and he said he wanted me to go along and show him things.

    Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa George W. Peck
  • I had had enough of the supercilious, near-sighted eyes of the Teuton.

    The Maids of Paradise

    Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
  • Nathaniel raised his book so as to hide his face, like one near-sighted.

    In The Boyhood of Lincoln Hezekiah Butterworth
  • I did not know she was near-sighted, and had not seen me drinking her thoroughwort.

    Aunt Madge's Story Sophie May
  • Pierre Cruzatte was near-sighted and one-eyed, but what of that?

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye
  • The king was near-sighted and the mist once more thickening.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
  • I replied that I was mistaken if he were not as near-witted as he was near-sighted.

  • As you say, I am small, and a near-sighted person might easily suppose me to be younger than I am.

    The Errand Boy Horatio Alger
British Dictionary definitions for near-sighted


relating to or suffering from myopia
Derived Forms
near-sightedly, adverb
near-sightedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for near-sighted

also nearsighted, 1680s, from near + sight. Figurative use from 1856. Related: Nearsightedly; nearsightedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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near-sighted in Medicine

nearsighted near·sight·ed (nēr'sī'tĭd)
Unable to see distant objects clearly; myopic.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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