nar·​row-mind·​ed ˈner-(ˌ)ō-ˈmīn-dəd How to pronounce narrow-minded (audio)
: not willing to accept opinions, beliefs, behaviors, etc. that are unusual or different from one's own : not open-minded
narrow-mindedly adverb
narrow-mindedness noun

Examples of narrow-minded in a Sentence

it took a while for some of the more narrow-minded members of management to be persuaded to modernize the dress code narrow-minded people who instinctively feared and shunned those from different cultures
Recent Examples on the Web Sweepingly ridiculed as one of 2012’s worst albums, that judgment, five years later, feels wildly narrow-minded. Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork, 29 Feb. 2024 Critics have blamed it for upholding a narrow-minded model of relationships as heterosexual and monogamous. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 The results of Netanyahu’s narrow-minded path have led to catastrophe for both Israelis and Palestinians and nearly constant border fire between Israel and Hezbollah. TIME, 11 Jan. 2024 The critical response to the 1993 Biennial was almost shockingly narrow-minded: Many writers were furious that the exhibition included significantly fewer white men than usual. Aruna D’souza, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2023 Wide-eyed wonder becomes blind faith, just as sharp-eyed skepticism curdles into narrow-minded cynicism. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 24 Dec. 2023 This is the parable of a man who in pursuing his own narrow-minded interest negates himself and undermines his community. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2023 The risk of injury without a day of rest in between is really short-sighted and narrow-minded by the AIA. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2023 These narrow-minded meatheads, however, are only thinking about one very specific type of running workout. Emily Abbate, Men's Health, 28 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of narrow-minded was in 1611

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“Narrow-minded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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