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)
- narrative of the life of frederick douglass,
- narrow boat,
- narrow construction,
- narrow escape,
- narrow gauge,
- narrow seas
Origin of narrow
Examples from the Web for narrow
What it endangers is a narrow conception of Russian power, understood through the eyes of its dictatorial leader.
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|David Freedlander|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was a windowless, narrow room with a bed in the far left corner.
In both cases, Toobin observed, the likely consequences of the rulings are far broader than the “narrow” decisions themselves.
The streets retain a medieval pattern and are narrow, intersected by many alleys.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland|Clive Irving|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The English minsters are long, narrow and low in contrast with the greater squareness and height of French contemporary churches.
Crossing the square where the Tacon theatre and circus stand, I wander through the narrow, ill-paved streets of the Cuban capital.The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba|Walter Goodman
Narrow at the end of the busy needle each time until but 26 stitches are left on the busy needle.Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet|Anonymous
Here, on a narrow strip of sand, he undressed and leaped into the waves.Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines|R.M. Ballantyne
Every march was a succession of steep ascents and then equally steep descents into narrow valleys.My Experiences in Manipur and the Naga Hills|James Johnstone
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