Definition of shortsighted in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌSHôrtˈsīdəd/


1 British term for nearsighted.
Example sentences
  • To a short-sighted person, distant objects seem blurred, while near objects can be seen more clearly.
  • Heavy computer use could be linked to glaucoma, especially among those who are short-sighted, fear researchers.
  • The scientists suggest that the optic nerve in short-sighted users might be more sensitive to ‘computer stress’.
1.1Lacking imagination or foresight: expedient, shortsighted solutions to problems
More example sentences
  • This way of thinking is short-sighted and serves only to damage the nursing profession.
  • This will lead to short-sighted, usually inappropriate responses in the short run.
  • The decision to end the youth programme at Queen Mary Hospital was a very short-sighted decision.



Pronunciation: /ˌSHôrtˈsīdidlē/
Example sentences
  • For our Wyoming fossils, we hope to build up a collection at the University; the previous collection was short-sightedly given away.
  • He peered short-sightedly through the windshield.
  • She peered at a guard, squinting short-sightedly.


Pronunciation: /ˌSHôrtˈsīdidnəs/
Example sentences
  • And so we found an association between this opacity at the back of the lens and short-sightedness, or myopia.
  • But short-sightedness, or myopia, still puzzles quite a lot of people.
  • The medical name for short-sightedness is myopia.

Words that rhyme with shortsighted

benighted, clearsighted, uninvited, unlighted, unrequited, unsighted

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Syllabification: short·sight·ed

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