literal-minded


literal-minded
/lit"euhr euhl muyn'did/, adj.
unimaginative; prosaic; matter-of-fact.
[1865-70]

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  • literal minded — lacking imagination, not imaginative …   English contemporary dictionary

  • literal-minded — lit′eral mind ed adj. unimaginative; prosaic • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

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  • literal — adj. & n. adj. 1 taking words in their usual or primary sense without metaphor or allegory (literal interpretation). 2 following the letter, text, or exact or original words (literal translation; a literal transcript). 3 (in full literal minded)… …   Useful english dictionary

  • literal — lit|er|al [ lıt(ə)rəl ] adjective * 1. ) the literal meaning of a word is its most basic meaning: He is clearly not using the word dead in its literal sense. ─ compare FIGURATIVE 2. ) a literal translation is one in which each word is translated… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • literal — lit|e|ral [ˈlıtərəl] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: Medieval Latin literalis, from Latin littera; LETTER1] 1.) the literal meaning of a word or expression is its basic or original meaning →↑figurative literal meaning/sense/interpretation …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • literal — 1 adjective 1 the literal meaning of a word or expression is its basic or original meaning: literal meaning/sense/interpretation etc: A trade war is not a war in the literal sense. compare figurative (1) 2 literal translation a translation that… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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