- The definition of narrow is someone who is limited in some way or something that is small in width as compared to its length.
- An example of narrow used as an adjective is the phrase narrow mind, which is someone with little knowledge of the world.
- An example of a narrow window is a long window that is not very wide.
A narrow window in a brick building.
- small in width as compared to length; esp., less wide than is customary, standard, or expected; not wide
- limited in meaning, size, amount, or extent: a narrow majority
- limited in outlook; without breadth of view or generosity; not liberal; prejudiced: a narrow mind
- close; careful; minute; thorough: a narrow inspection
- with limited margin; with barely enough space, time, etc.; barely successful: a narrow escape
- limited in means; with hardly enough to live on: narrow circumstances
- ☆ having a relatively high proportion of protein: said of livestock feed
- Dialectal stingy; parsimonious
- Phonet. tense: said of certain vowels
Origin of narrowMiddle English narwe ; from Old English nearu, akin to Middle Dutch nare, Old Saxon naru ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ner-, to turn, twist from source snare, Classical Greek narkē, stupor
- a narrow part or place, esp. in a valley, mountain pass, road, etc.
- a narrow passage, as between two bodies of water; strait
- Of small or limited width, especially in comparison with length.
- Limited in area or scope; cramped.
- Lacking flexibility; rigid: narrow opinions.
- Barely sufficient; close: a narrow margin of victory.
- Painstakingly thorough or attentive; meticulous: narrow scrutiny.
- Linguistics Tense.
verbnar·rowed, nar·row·ing, nar·rows
- To reduce in width or extent; make narrower.
- To limit or restrict: narrowed the possibilities down to three.
- A part of little width, as a pass through mountains.
- narrows (used with a sing. or pl. verb)a. A body of water with little width that connects two larger bodies of water.b. A part of a river or an ocean current that is not wide.
Origin of narrowMiddle English narwe, from Old English nearu.
(comparative narrower, superlative narrowest)
- Having a small width; not wide; slim; slender; having opposite edges or sides that are close, especially by comparison to length or depth.
- a narrow hallway
- Of little extent; very limited; circumscribed.
- (figuratively) Restrictive; without flexibility or latitude.
- a narrow interpretation
- Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted.
- a narrow mind; narrow views
- Having a small margin or degree.
- a narrow escape
- The Republicans won by a narrow majority.
- (dated) Limited as to means; straitened; pinching.
- narrow circumstances
- Parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish.
- Scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact.
- (phonetics) Formed (as a vowel) by a close position of some part of the tongue in relation to the palate; or (according to Bell) by a tense condition of the pharynx; distinguished from wide.
(third-person singular simple present narrows, present participle narrowing, simple past and past participle narrowed)
From Middle English narow, narowe, narewe, narwe, naru, from Old English nearu (â€œnarrow, strait, confined, constricted, not spacious, limited, petty; limited, poor, restricted; oppressive, causing anxiety (of that which restricts free action of body or mind), causing or accompanied by difficulty, hardship, oppressive; oppressed, not having free action; strict, severeâ€), from Proto-Germanic *narwaz (â€œconstricted, narrowâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ner- (â€œto turn, bend, twist, constrictâ€). Cognate with Scots naro, narow, narrow (â€œnarrowâ€), North Frisian naar, noar, noor (â€œnarrowâ€), West Frisian near (â€œnarrowâ€), Dutch naar (â€œdismal, bleak, ill, sickâ€), Low German naar (â€œdismal, ghastlyâ€), German Narbe (â€œa closed wound, scarâ€), Norwegian norve (â€œa clip, stapleâ€), Icelandic njÃ¶rva- (â€œnarrow-â€, in compounds).