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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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Examples from the web for small-minded
  • There are tremendous problems and small-minded people everywhere.
  • Suzanne would not see those ideas of hers as small-minded.
  • Where the article is correct is its perception of the bureaucratic nightmare of small-minded incompetent clerks.
  • With a light touch, the film allows the cultural theme of modernization to grow from its hilariously small-minded characters.
  • Sorry, but only small-minded people really believe that.
  • The smooth-sounding sobriquet is nothing more than a small-minded attempt to correct a perceived image problem.
  • It is sad that people can be manipulated in such a silly and small-minded manner.
  • So please keep your small-minded and petty beliefs to yourself and simply stay miserable while the rest of us enjoy ourselves.
British Dictionary definitions for small-minded


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