[neer-sahy-tid, -sahy-]
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Origin of nearsighted

First recorded in 1680–90; near + sight + -ed3
Related formsnear·sight·ed·ly, adverbnear·sight·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of near-sighted

  • The judges of the earth are near-sighted and prone to be deceived.

    The Basket of Flowers

    Christoph von Schmid

  • Then, unless the Japs are near-sighted, I expect an easy time when I go out.

    The Wreck of the Titan

    Morgan Robertson

  • Pa is near-sighted, and he said he wanted me to go along and show him things.

  • I had had enough of the supercilious, near-sighted eyes of the Teuton.

    The Maids of Paradise

    Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers

  • Nathaniel raised his book so as to hide his face, like one near-sighted.

    In The Boyhood of Lincoln

    Hezekiah Butterworth

British Dictionary definitions for near-sighted


  1. relating to or suffering from myopia
Derived Formsnear-sightedly, adverbnear-sightedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for near-sighted

also nearsighted, 1680s, from near + sight. Figurative use from 1856. Related: Nearsightedly; nearsightedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

near-sighted in Medicine


  1. Unable to see distant objects clearly; myopic.
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