Meaning of short-sighted in English:


Pronunciation /ʃɔːtˈsʌɪtɪd/

See synonyms for short-sighted


  • 1British Unable to see things clearly unless they are relatively close to the eyes.

    North American term nearsighted

    ‘he is short-sighted and has worn glasses since the age of ten’
    • ‘short-sighted eyes’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘For example, a short-sighted person might meet one test for disability, whilst with corrective lenses few would regard his myopia as a disability.’
    • ‘Balding, short-sighted, and uncommunicative, he was driven by a powerful sense of duty and was a firm disciplinarian.’
    • ‘She was short-sighted, which meant I had to read her everything from the board.’
    • ‘I was slightly short-sighted, so on top of the eye patch I had huge correctional lenses.’
    • ‘Mr Gibbins suffered from a difficulty in giving evidence because he is very short-sighted.’
    • ‘Norman took the card from her and held it close to his face as if he were extremely short-sighted.’
    1. 1.1Lacking imagination or foresight.
      ‘a short-sighted government’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Schneier said short-sighted lobbyists were partly to blame.’
      • ‘And there are other reasons why the argument is short-sighted.’
      • ‘To say that sport is the last remnant of the empire, and that it forces all, irrespective of desire, to run, kick and pant is a little short-sighted to say the least.’
      • ‘While in some instances the criticism might be warranted perhaps we have been short-sighted, forgetting just what some of these people have done for us.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, to stop there would be short-sighted.’
      • ‘Mr Collins said the root of the problem was the Government's short-sighted fixation on hospitals which meant other health services had suffered.’
      • ‘But again, such an interpretation would be short-sighted.’
      • ‘More likely this is just some more short-sighted moral crusading leading into what is likely to be a shocking defeat for the current government at this year's election.’
      • ‘These are short-sighted, power-crazed, intellectually degenerate, self-serving, morally empty imbeciles!’
      • ‘In humanitarian terms it can be defended, though it often appears callous and short-sighted.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, they control the oil wells and we've been too short-sighted to cut consumption when we had a chance.’
      • ‘This is very short-sighted, especially when we again consider real-world usage.’
      • ‘However, such attitudes are short-sighted, at least in an extreme form.’
      • ‘It is too easy, however, to see this as a simple case of short-sighted cultural conservatism or social insecurity.’
      • ‘But it would be short-sighted simply to lament the mistake and pass on.’
      • ‘I am really disappointed at this incredibly short-sighted attitude.’
      • ‘We've written here how short-sighted and destructive Wall Street logic is, and to many it indeed looks relentless.’
      narrow-minded, narrow, unimaginative, lacking foresight, improvident, unadventurous, small-minded, short-term, insular, parochial, provincial
      View synonyms