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 narrownessrestriction, barrier, confinement, thinness, impediment, intolerance, bigotry, bias, prejudice, insularity
Examples from the Web for narrowness
Contemporary Examples of narrowness
If there is a flaw to be found here it is only one of narrowness; all of these narrators are American men and most are Marines.The Profanity of War: Phil Klay’s “Redeployment”
March 1, 2014
Historical Examples of narrowness
Kate's nature was limited; part of her graceful equipoise was narrowness.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
To this narrowness Burns, with all his faults of style, was a stranger.The Letters of Robert Burns
It is here that the narrowness of the mind of woman is revealed in all its meanness.The Sexual Question
The narrowness serves to concentrate the strength and accelerate the work.Mountain Meditations
More than two could not attack him at once by virtue of the narrowness of the passage.The Tavern Knight
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