Nearby words

  1. narrative,
  2. narrative of the life of frederick douglass,
  3. narratively,
  4. narrativize,
  5. narrator,
  6. narrow boat,
  7. narrow construction,
  8. narrow escape,
  9. narrow gauge,
  10. narrow seas

Origin of narrow

before 900; Middle English; Old English nearu; cognate with Old Saxon naru narrow, Dutch naar unpleasant; akin to German Narbe scar, literally, narrow mark

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Examples from the Web for narrowness

British Dictionary definitions for narrowness


/ (ˈnærəʊ) /



to make or become narrow; limit; restrict


a narrow place, esp a pass or strait
See also narrows

Derived Formsnarrowly, adverbnarrowness, noun

Word Origin for narrow

Old English nearu; related to Old Saxon naru

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Word Origin and History for narrowness
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Idioms and Phrases with narrowness


In addition to the idiom beginning with narrow

  • narrow escape

, see

  • straight and narrow
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