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Origin of shortsighted

First recorded in 1615–25
Related formsshort·sight·ed·ly, adverbshort·sight·ed·ness, noun

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Antonyms for shortsighted Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of short-sighted

  • When all is said, poor Diana appears—despite her cunning—to have been short-sighted.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • They are short-sighted in this, for they overlook the results that must attend the alliance with Urbino.


    Raphael Sabatini

  • He peered at her with his short-sighted eyes, and from her to Caron.

  • I guess why; but as I am short-sighted, how shall I see the blisters?

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • Very good, but try to come with some old nun who is short-sighted.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

British Dictionary definitions for short-sighted


  1. relating to or suffering from myopia
  2. lacking foresighta short-sighted plan
Derived Formsshort-sightedly, adverbshort-sightedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for short-sighted

also shortsighted, 1640s, of eyesight, "myopic;" 1620s in the sense "lacking foresight;" see short (adj.) + sight (n.). Related: Shortsightedly; shortsightedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

short-sighted in Medicine


  1. Nearsighted; myopic.
  2. Lacking foresight.
Related formsshortsighted•ly adv.
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