opin·​ion·​at·​ed ə-ˈpin-yə-ˌnā-təd How to pronounce opinionated (audio)
: 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
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 In the more opinionated late-night environment of 2023, when hosts have made political bona fides part of their acts, their audiences are more likely to expect their walk to match their talk. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 The filmmaker mixes in live-action footage of the Vietnam War, and talking-head commentary from fake experts, including an opinionated DJ played by Haynes himself. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 20 July 2023 From 2021: The new CNN is more opinionated and emotional. Jeremy Barr, Washington Post, 12 June 2023 On The Onion News Network, Riddle gained a legion of fans with his turn as the irascible, wildly opinionated Cressbeckler, whose predictions and political analysis were peppered with malapropisms and nonsequiturs. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 June 2023 Ron Amadeo The back is a nice aluminum in a very opinionated green color. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 28 Apr. 2023 With the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday, expect a lot of hand-wringing this week—by the public, members of the Academy and especially the more opinionated corners of movie Twitter—about the evolution of the telecast, its hosts, its presenters, even its guests, and its relevance or lack thereof. Brian Moylan, Town & Country, 23 Mar. 2022 The mom space is very opinionated. Joelle Goldstein, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2023 Each episode is shot at the Smith family home, where these three passionate and opinionated women bring their unique perspectives to real issues affecting real people. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 14 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of opinionated was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Opinionated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opinionated. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


opin·​ion·​at·​ed ə-ˈpin-yə-ˌnāt-əd How to pronounce opinionated (audio)
: holding to one's own opinions and ideas too strongly

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