[ 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

Example sentences from the Web for nearsightedness

  • The squire was a thin, pale little man, with the pinched look of nearsightedness about his eyes.

    The Executioner|Frank Riley
  • If the subject cannot read up to the twenty-foot line, nearsightedness or astigmatism is indicated.

    The Science of Human Nature|William Henry Pyle

Medical definitions for nearsightedness (1 of 2)

[ nîrsī′tĭd-nĭs ]



Medical definitions for nearsightedness (2 of 2)

[ nîrsī′tĭd ]


Unable to see distant objects clearly; myopic.
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Scientific definitions for nearsightedness

[ nîrsī′tĭd-nĭs ]

See myopia.
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