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 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 soaring sublimity of the Moslem monotheism comes partly from its narrowness and abstractness.
But the narrow-minded are the more prejudiced by very reason of their narrowness.Apologia pro Vita Sua|John Henry Newman
Nor indeed can anything be carried in from elsewhere on account of the narrowness of the paths, unless it be carried by men.
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