[lit-er-uh l-mahyn-did]


unimaginative; prosaic; matter-of-fact.

Origin of literal-minded

First recorded in 1865–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of literal-minded

  • It is home to Papa Pilgrim, a literal-minded, self-fashioned prophet; his wife, Country Rose; and their 15 dutiful children.

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Historical Examples of literal-minded

  • Charlie, also literal-minded and still after the foot, echoed Rachel, "You bet your life it is."

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • "You don't look like her daughter," remarked Betty, who was literal-minded to a fault.

  • His style was bombastic and diffuse, and like them, he was superficial and literal-minded.

  • And to make it worse, Marilda is the most literal-minded girl.

  • This seems to some of us a literal-minded, Western way of interpreting an Oriental metaphor.


    Gerald Stanley Lee