[neer-sahy-tid, -sahy-]

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

Examples from the Web for nearsightedness

Historical Examples of nearsightedness

  • If the subject cannot read up to the twenty-foot line, nearsightedness or astigmatism is indicated.

    The Science of Human Nature

    William Henry Pyle

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

    The Executioner

    Frank Riley

nearsightedness in Medicine


  1. Myopia.


  1. Unable to see distant objects clearly; myopic.
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nearsightedness in Science


  1. See myopia.
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