small-minded

adjective small-mind·ed \ ˈsmȯl-ˈmīn-dəd \

Definition of small-minded

1 : having narrow interests, sympathies, or outlook
2 : typical of a small-minded person : marked by pettiness, narrowness, or meanness
  • small-minded conduct

small-mindedly

adverb

small-mindedness

noun

First Known Use of small-minded

1811

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

SMALL-MINDED Defined for English Language Learners

small-minded

Definition of small-minded for English Language Learners

  • : not interested in new or different ideas : not willing to accept the opinions of other people

  • : typical of a small-minded person



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up small-minded? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

excessive admiration or flattery

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet-pasta-spelling-help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!