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

OTHER WORDS FROM narrow

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British Dictionary definitions for narrows (1 of 2)

narrows
/ (ˈnærəʊz) /

pl n

a narrow part of a strait, river, current, etc

British Dictionary definitions for narrows (2 of 2)

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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Idioms and Phrases with narrows

narrow

In addition to the idiom beginning with narrow

  • narrow escape

, see

  • straight and narrow
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