When someone's narrow-minded, they're intolerant of other people's opinions and experiences. There's no convincing your narrow-minded uncle that Indian cuisine is delicious — he stubbornly insists that only "American" food tastes good.

Being narrow-minded means that you've got a rigid and ungenerous perspective on the world. It's narrow-minded to believe that everyone who disagrees with you is wrong. A narrow-minded person can see only their own tiny slice of the world and doesn't attempt to learn about and understand other people's experiences. Prejudiced and biased people are also narrow-minded: "The narrow-minded opponents of integrated schools were on the wrong side of history."

Definitions of narrow-minded
  1. adjective
    lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view
    synonyms: blinkered, narrow
    close-minded, closed-minded
    not ready to receive to new ideas
    dogmatic, dogmatical
    characterized by assertion of unproved or unprovable principles
    illiberal, intolerant
    narrow-minded about cherished opinions
    opinionated, opinionative, self-opinionated
    obstinate in your opinions
    petty, small-minded
    contemptibly narrow in outlook
    not wide
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    inclined to respect views and beliefs that differ from your own
    broad, large-minded, liberal, tolerant
    showing or characterized by broad-mindedness
    comprehensive or broad-minded in tastes or interests; free from provincial prejudices or attachments
    free-thinking, latitudinarian, undogmatic, undogmatical
    unwilling to accept authority or dogma (especially in religion)
    ready to entertain new ideas
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  2. adjective
    rigidly adhering to a particular sect or its doctrines
    belonging to or characteristic of a sect
  3. adjective
    capable of being shocked
    synonyms: shockable
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    broad-minded, unshockable
    incapable of being shocked
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