adjective Date: 1625 lacking in tolerance or breadth of vision ; pettynarrow-mindedly adverbnarrow-mindedness noun

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  • narrow-minded — (adj.) also narrow minded, 1620s, from NARROW (Cf. narrow) (adj.) + MINDED (Cf. minded). Related: Narrow mindedness. Middle English had narrow hearted mean, ungenerous, ignoble (c.1200) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Narrow-minded — Nar row mind ed, a. Of narrow mental scope; lacking tolerance or breadth of view; illiberal; mean. Opposite of {broad minded}, {open minded}, {liberal}. [WordNet sense 2] [Narrower terms: {dogmatic, dogmatical}; {little, petty, small, small… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • narrow-minded — [ US ˈ.. ˌ..] adj unwilling to accept or understand new or different ideas, opinions, or customs = ↑prejudiced ≠ ↑broadminded ▪ His attitude is narrow minded and insensitive. ▪ narrow minded nationalism >narrow mindedness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • narrow-minded — [adj] biased, intolerant bigoted, conservative, conventional, hidebound, illiberal, insular, narrow, opinionated, parochial, petty, prejudiced, provincial, reactionary, shortsighted, small minded, strait laced, unenlarged; concepts 403,542 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • narrow-minded — narrow, narrow minded *illiberal, intolerant, bigoted, hidebound Analogous words: rigorous, *rigid, strict, stringent: obdurate, *inflexible, inexorable: provincial, parochial, local, smalltown, *insular Antonyms: broad, broad minded Contrasted… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • narrow-minded — [nar′ōmīn′did, ner′ōmīn′did] adj. limited in outlook or lacking in tolerance; not liberal; bigoted; prejudiced narrow mindedly adv. narrow mindedness n …   English World dictionary

  • narrow-minded — adjective disliking or not interested in ideas or cultures different from your own ─ opposite BROAD MINDED …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • narrow-minded — index dogmatic, illiberal, narrow, one sided, parochial, partial (biased), provincial, unbending …   Law dictionary

  • narrow-minded — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unwilling to listen to or tolerate the views of others; prejudiced …   English terms dictionary

  • narrow-minded — adj. narrow minded + int. (it was narrow minded of her to say that) * * * [ˌnærəʊ maɪndɪd] narrow minded + inf. (it was narrow minded of her to say that) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • narrow-minded — ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as narrow minded, you are criticizing them because they are unwilling to consider new ideas or other people s opinions. ...a narrow minded bigot. Ant: broad minded Derived words: narrow mindedness… …   English dictionary

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