opin·​ion·​at·​ed | \ ə-ˈpin-yə-ˌnā-təd How to pronounce opinionated (audio) \

Definition of opinionated

: firmly or unduly adhering to one's own opinion or to preconceived notions … focus groups, which tend to be dominated by the loudest and most opinionated people …— James Surowiecki

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Other Words from opinionated

opinionatedly adverb
opinionatedness noun

Examples of opinionated in a Sentence

an articulate and opinionated critic People don't expect such opinionated commentary in what is supposed to a news article.
Recent Examples on the Web The full-service Courtney’s was a reflection of its fast-talking, opinionated, colorful manager. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "The Anchorage parking fairies: How a $75 ticket started a movement," 6 Jan. 2020 Subsequent investigations transform her into a rather more Nora Ephron-ish figure; few New Yorkers are more gaily, affirmatively opinionated. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Scenes from the Life of Roz Chast," 23 Dec. 2019 There was also the Jack Russell: small, tough and opinionated dogs. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "If you live in Germantown, you might think of yourself as a German shepherd," 26 Nov. 2019 There's a small but loud and opinionated portion of the FC Cincinnati fan base that's no longer interested in Jimmy McLaughlin. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Jimmy McLaughlin: Here's how the FC Cincinnati 'inaugural' did against Phoenix Rising FC," 30 Jan. 2020 To men such as Waddell, ambitious blacks should be subdued; opinionated blacks should be lynched. Louis P. Masur, Washington Post, "How a mob turned a diverse city into a white-supremacist bastion," 24 Jan. 2020 Coe is refreshingly opinionated and the episodes are meticulously researched. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 50 Best Podcasts to Listen to Right Now," 20 Dec. 2019 If you're being given financial advice, keep one caveat in mind: The person most boastful or opinionated about providing such advice might not be especially well qualified to give it. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "How to discuss those taboo money topics at over the holidays," 1 Dec. 2019 Some Browns players are very opinionated and relish answering their critics through various forms of regular and social media. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns: Terry’s Talkin’ why it seems many want them to fail," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of opinionated

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for opinionated

opinionate "grounded on opinion, opinionated" (from opinion + -ate entry 3) + -ed entry 1

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The first known use of opinionated was in 1597

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19 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Opinionated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opinionated. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of opinionated

often disapproving : expressing strong beliefs or judgments about something : having or showing strong opinions


opin·​ion·​at·​ed | \ ə-ˈpin-yə-ˌnā-təd How to pronounce opinionated (audio) \

Kids Definition of opinionated

: having and expressing very strong ideas and opinions about things

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