[ neer-sahy-tid, -sahy- ]
/ ˈnɪərˌsaɪ tɪd, -ˈsaɪ- /


seeing distinctly at a short distance only; myopic.


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Origin of nearsighted

First recorded in 1680–90; near + sight + -ed3

OTHER WORDS FROM nearsighted

near·sight·ed·ly, adverbnear·sight·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for near-sighted

/ (ˌnɪəˈsaɪtɪd) /


relating to or suffering from myopia

Derived forms of near-sighted

near-sightedly, adverbnear-sightedness, noun
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Medical definitions for near-sighted

[ nîrsī′tĭd ]


Unable to see distant objects clearly; myopic.
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