Definition of small-minded in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsmôl ˌmīndid/


Having or showing rigid opinions or a narrow outlook; petty.
Example sentences
  • I mean, if this were Wales say, or Scotland, I dare say I could rabbit away about small-minded, provincial parochialism.
  • Every once in a blue moon, something will come along that is so immediately affecting and amazing that our usual sarcasm-laced tone just seems petty and small-minded.
  • That was not the action of a small-minded or petty individual.
narrow-minded, petty, mean-spirited, uncharitable;
close-minded, shortsighted, myopic, blinkered, inward-looking, unimaginative, parochial, provincial, insular, small-town;
intolerant, illiberal, conservative, hidebound, dyed-in-the-wool, set in one's ways, inflexible;
prejudiced, bigoted



Example sentences
  • But who is standing up to our MPs as they hack, small-mindedly, in different ways, at our freedom?
  • Ignore the cries of those who would small-mindedly label you a bar geek and think of the benefits that being a member of this association has for you as a lawyer, regardless of your specialty.
  • Both agree that one should simply celebrate the fact that there are books without small-mindedly picking apart those one dislikes, especially in public or, worst of all, in print.


Pronunciation: /ˌsmôl ˈmīndidnis/
Example sentences
  • As one who has gorged himself on Mencken, I can sympathize with the biographers who rushed in to appraise Mencken's life and then turned away, disgusted by his cruelty, small-mindedness, and transparent bigotry.
  • The players here may be more ‘decent’, may be older and more female, but the small-mindedness and pettiness is the same.
  • This kind of small-mindedness and intolerance is what keeps people like the two of you from learning anything.

Words that rhyme with small-minded

broadminded, like-minded, simple-minded, single-minded, tough-minded

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Syllabification: small-mind·ed

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