[ nar-oh-mahyn-did ]
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  1. having or showing a prejudiced mind, as persons or opinions; biased.

  2. not receptive to new ideas; having a closed mind.

Origin of narrow-minded

First recorded in 1615–25

Other words for narrow-minded

Opposites for narrow-minded

Other words from narrow-minded

  • nar·row-mind·ed·ly, adverb
  • nar·row-mind·ed·ness, noun
  • un·nar·row-mind·ed, adjective
  • un·nar·row-mind·ed·ly, adverb
  • un·nar·row-mind·ed·ness, noun

Words Nearby narrow-minded Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use narrow-minded in a sentence

  • Such human plants are rare; and poor narrow-minded, ill-educated Castalia was not of them.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3) | Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • This discovery gives me a fit 48 of introspection and I discover that I am, indeed, a narrow-minded little pinhead.

    My Wonderful Visit | Charlie Chaplin
  • There was nothing narrow-minded or exclusive about his tastes.

  • Even a Friar Tuck is not so repulsive to us as an unsocial, austere, narrow-minded, and ignorant fanatic of the eleventh century.

  • "No, I suppose they didn't 'call' in the old narrow-minded time," said Basil Dashwood.

    The Tragic Muse | Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for narrow-minded


  1. having a biased or illiberal viewpoint; bigoted, intolerant, or prejudiced

Derived forms of narrow-minded

  • narrow-mindedly, adverb
  • narrow-mindedness, noun

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