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[smawl-mahyn-did] /ˈsmɔlˈmaɪn dɪd/
selfish, petty, or narrow-minded.
Origin of small-minded
Related forms
small-mindedly, adverb
small-mindedness, noun Unabridged
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  • The Pope indeed was small-minded enough to harbour his enmity to the very last.

    The Story of Perugia Margaret Symonds
  • At the same time, it must not be inferred from this that the Uruguayan is ignorant or small-minded.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • Mr. Busby was a well-meaning, small-minded person, anxious to justify his appointment.

    The Long White Cloud William Pember Reeves
  • He thought them too slow, too timid, too small-minded to rescue France from the precipice.

    Talleyrand Joseph McCabe
  • The girl looked very pale and sad, and could not even raise a smile, at all the sharp manœuvres and small-minded whines of Pixie.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • To small-minded statesmen it seemed that the situation called for conquest.

    The Path of Empire Carl Russell Fish
  • We rightly say, in rebuke of a small-minded modernity, that it is very short-sighted to be indifferent to all that is historic.

    A Short History of England G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for small-minded


narrow-minded; petty; intolerant; mean
Derived Forms
small-mindedly, adverb
small-mindedness, noun
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