Meaning of NARROW in English

I. ˈner-(ˌ)ō, ˈna-(ˌ)rō adjective

Etymology: Middle English narowe, from Old English nearu; akin to Old High German narwa scar

Date: before 12th century


a. : of slender width

a long and narrow room

b. : of less than standard or usual width

a narrow sidewalk

c. of a textile : woven in widths usually less than 18 inches (46 centimeters)

2. : limited in size or scope

a narrow interpretation


a. : illiberal in views or disposition : prejudiced

b. chiefly dialect : stingy , niggardly


a. : barely sufficient : close

won by a narrow margin

b. : barely successful

a narrow escape

5. : minutely precise : meticulous

a narrow inspection

6. of an animal ration : relatively rich in protein as compared with carbohydrate and fat

7. : tense 3

• nar·row·ly adverb

• nar·row·ness noun

II. verb

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb

1. : to decrease the breadth or extent of : contract — often used with down

2. : to decrease the scope or sphere of : limit — often used with down

narrow down the choices

intransitive verb

: to lessen in width or extent : contract — often used with down

III. noun

Date: 13th century

: a narrow part or passage ; specifically : a strait connecting two bodies of water — usually used in plural but sing. or plural in constr.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.