[neer-sahy-tid, -sahy-]


seeing distinctly at a short distance only; myopic.

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. 2019

Related Words for nearsighted

shortsighted, purblind

Examples from the Web for nearsighted

Historical Examples of nearsighted

  • Sarah Farraday peered closely at her through her nearsighted eyes.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • Miss Anstice peered here and there in her nearsighted fashion.

  • Persons that have unduly long eyeballs are, therefore, nearsighted.


    Ernest G. Martin

  • Then they found out that I was too nearsighted to steer by the compass, and that was the end of it.

    The Soul of a Child

    Edwin Bjorkman

  • They were all in the brightness of the street light now, and Sarah brought her nearsighted gaze close to Jane's glowing face.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

nearsighted in Medicine




Unable to see distant objects clearly; myopic.
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