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 narrowestprecise, limited, slim, definite, precarious, slender, tight, cramped, thin, small, diminish, tighten, limit, exclusive, set, scanty, strait, confining, close, fine
Examples from the Web for narrowest
Contemporary Examples of narrowest
The narrowest piece of land was at Panama, but it was covered in dense, mountainous jungle.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
The score was, admittedly, 1-0 to Argentina, the narrowest possible margin of victory in football.Costa Rica vs. the Netherlands: A Tale of Two Goalies
July 5, 2014
Both men have tried to redefine mass surveillance in the narrowest way possible.Did Putin or Obama Say ‘We Don’t Have a Domestic Spying Program’?
April 17, 2014
What follows from here is a marvel of the artistry of argument, of a mind at work against the narrowest ideas of its age.How to Read a Novel: The 5 Best Books of Criticism, Picked by John Freeman
October 8, 2013
George W. Bush won reelection by the narrowest margin of any presidential incumbent in American history.Stuart Stevens, Half Right
February 25, 2013
Historical Examples of narrowest
The narrowest and deepest gorge is hundreds of feet deep in the shale.Yorkshire Painted And Described
They were as if linked together, parted merely by the narrowest of passages.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
They were, one and all, from the broadest and best to the narrowest and least frequented, very dark.Barnaby Rudge
The river, after its attack on the village, was in possession even to the narrowest streets.The Flood
"About twenty miles at the narrowest point, I believe," I said.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
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