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[smawl-mahyn-did] /ˈsmɔlˈmaɪn dɪd/
selfish, petty, or narrow-minded.
Origin of small-minded
First recorded in 1840-50
Related forms
small-mindedly, adverb
small-mindedness, noun Unabridged
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  • At the same time, it must not be inferred from this that the Uruguayan is ignorant or small-minded.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • He thought them too slow, too timid, too small-minded to rescue France from the precipice.

    Talleyrand Joseph McCabe
  • To small-minded statesmen it seemed that the situation called for conquest.

    The Path of Empire Carl Russell Fish
  • It would be small-minded to think of them with rancour, but, by Apollo!

    New Grub Street George Gissing
  • Like all small-minded men, Louis was jealous of superior merit and preferred mediocrity rather than genius in his ministers.

    Paris and its Story Thomas Okey
  • Petrarch was not small-minded, as the noble letter in which he offers to buy his friend's library proves.

  • He nourished a measure of small-minded anxiety lest he be indebted to somebody for something.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
British Dictionary definitions for small-minded


narrow-minded; petty; intolerant; mean
Derived Forms
small-mindedly, adverb
small-mindedness, noun
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