[mahy-op-ik, -oh-pik]


Ophthalmology. pertaining to or having myopia; nearsighted.
unable or unwilling to act prudently; shortsighted.
lacking tolerance or understanding; narrow-minded.

Origin of myopic

First recorded in 1790–1800; myop(ia) + -ic
Related formsmy·op·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·my·op·ic, adjectivenon·my·op·i·cal·ly, adverbun·my·op·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for myopic

nearsighted, shortsighted, biased, blind, astigmatic

Examples from the Web for myopic

Contemporary Examples of myopic

Historical Examples of myopic

  • Fire flashed from his myopic eyes, which had exempted him from service with the army.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • I had to save the day by answering that I was glad to be myopic just now.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons

  • He observed her; sparks glinted in the myopic eyes of this extraordinary woman.


    J. K. Huysmans

  • For they are simply short-sighted trustful people, the myopic victims of the salesman and saleswoman.

  • Vague and myopic between their puckered lids, his eyes seemed lost, homeless, unhappy.

    Mortal Coils

    Aldous Huxley

Word Origin and History for myopic

"short-sighted," 1800, from myopia + -ic. Figurative use from 1891. Related: Myopical (1748); myopically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper