selfish, petty, or narrow-minded.

Origin of small-minded

First recorded in 1840–50
Related formssmall-mind·ed·ly, adverbsmall-mind·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for small-minded

Contemporary Examples of small-minded

Historical Examples of small-minded

  • At the same time, it must not be inferred from this that the Uruguayan is ignorant or small-minded.


    W. H. Koebel

  • He thought them too slow, too timid, too small-minded to rescue France from the precipice.


    Joseph McCabe

  • To small-minded statesmen it seemed that the situation called for conquest.

    The Path of Empire

    Carl Russell Fish

  • It would be small-minded to think of them with rancour, but, by Apollo!

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    George Gissing

  • Like all small-minded men, Louis was jealous of superior merit and preferred mediocrity rather than genius in his ministers.

British Dictionary definitions for small-minded



narrow-minded; petty; intolerant; mean
Derived Formssmall-mindedly, adverbsmall-mindedness, noun
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