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

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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 29 Nov. 2023.

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