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Origin of narrow

First recorded before 900; Middle English narw(e), nareu(e), narow(e), Old English nearu (inflectional stem nearw- ), cognate with Old Saxon naru “narrow,” Dutch naar “dismal, unpleasant,” Old Saxon naro, naru “narrow, depressing”; possibly akin to German Narbe “scar,” literally, “narrow mark”

OTHER WORDS FROM narrow

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British Dictionary definitions for narrow

narrow
/ (ˈnærəʊ) /

adjective
verb
to make or become narrow; limit; restrict
noun
a narrow place, esp a pass or strait
See also narrows

Derived forms of narrow

narrowly, adverbnarrowness, noun

Word Origin for narrow

Old English nearu; related to Old Saxon naru
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Other Idioms and Phrases with narrow

narrow

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