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 narrowerprecise, limited, slim, definite, precarious, slender, tight, cramped, thin, small, exclusive, set, scanty, strait, confining, close, fine, select, scant, spare
Examples from the Web for narrower
Contemporary Examples of narrower
Tip: The narrower upper deck in coach is the better choice because its eight-seat rows cannot be extended.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
The other trend perhaps has a narrower reach; it has to do with changes within journalism in the age of the Internet.Jeff Sharlet’s ‘Radiant Truths’: How Religion Shaped American Literary Journalism
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
May 4, 2014
Their Big Twin, however, the A330, with a narrower cabin than the 777, has done extremely well.The Exemplary Plane at the Heart of the MH370 Mystery
March 27, 2014
All the while, the narrower our field of vision, the more fixated we become on the vanishing point.Chris Christie and the Runaway High-Speed Presidency Train
January 11, 2014
It is a program for narrower healthcare coverage, not broader.Why Shouldn't Romney Talk About Romneycare?
September 27, 2012
Historical Examples of narrower
Well does he deserve it, for no man ever had a narrower chance for his life.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
It was of the room I slept in, only it was narrower in the dream, and loftier, and the window was gone.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
To our left is our own river, the Pahi, narrower than the other.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
The driver turned off the road into a narrower lane as soon as it was dark.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
In this sense the permanent later love is narrower than first love.My Reminiscences
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