adjective, nar·row·er, nar·row·est.
- (of a vowel) articulated with the tongue laterally constricted, as the ee of beet, the oo of boot, etc.; tense.Compare lax(def 7).
- (of a phonetic transcription) utilizing a unique symbol for each phoneme and whatever supplementary diacritics are needed to indicate its subphonemic varieties.Compare broad(def 14).
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of narrow
Synonyms for narrow
Related Words for narrowprecise, limited, slim, definite, precarious, slender, tight, cramped, thin, small, diminish, tighten, limit, exclusive, set, scanty, strait, confining, close, fine
Examples from the Web for narrow
Contemporary Examples of narrow
What it endangers is a narrow conception of Russian power, understood through the eyes of its dictatorial leader.Oliver Stone’s Latest Dictator Suckup
January 5, 2015
By that time, SantaCon had already spread beyond the narrow confines of a few prankster-explorers.Before the Bros, SantaCon Was as an Anti-Corporate Protest
December 12, 2014
He has sunken eyes and a narrow black beard speckled with gray.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
It was a windowless, narrow room with a bed in the far left corner.A Murder in Detroit’s Sexual Underworld
October 8, 2014
In both cases, Toobin observed, the likely consequences of the rulings are far broader than the “narrow” decisions themselves.Supreme Court to Gay-Marriage Foes: Get Lost
October 6, 2014
Historical Examples of narrow
He little knew how narrow an escape he had had of losing a third!The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
But the narrow path along which Andrew rode was a gantlet to him.Way of the Lawless
It was still, however, enveloped in a narrow belt of brigalow.
The one in which I sat was long and narrow, as all the rest had been, with peaked gables.Old Ticonderoga, A Picture of The Past
Down swooped the great cog into the narrow channel which was the portal to safety.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Word Origin for narrow
Old English nearu "narrow, constricted, limited; petty; causing difficulty, oppressive; strict, severe," from West Germanic *narwaz "narrowness" (cf. Frisian nar, Old Saxon naru, Middle Dutch nare, Dutch naar); not found in other Germanic languages and of unknown origin. The narrow seas (c.1400) were the waters between Great Britain and the continent and Ireland. Related: Narrowness.
Old English nearwian "to force in, cramp, confine; become smaller, shrink;" see narrow (adj.). Related: Narrowed; narrowing.
c.1200, nearewe "narrow part, place, or thing," from narrow (adj.). Old English nearu (n.) meant "danger, distress, difficulty," also "prison, hiding place."
In addition to the idiom beginning with narrow
- narrow escape
- straight and narrow