Meaning of NARROW in English

adj., n., & v.

--adj. (narrower, narrowest)

1. a of small width in proportion to length; lacking breadth. b confined or confining; constricted (within narrow bounds).

2 of limited scope; restricted (in the narrowest sense).

3 with little margin (a narrow escape).

4 searching; precise; exact (a narrow examination).


6 (of a vowel) tense.

7 of small size.


1. (usu. in pl.) the narrow part of a strait, river, sound, etc.

2 a narrow pass or street.


1. intr. become narrow; diminish; contract; lessen.

2 tr. make narrow; constrict; restrict.

Phrases and idioms:

narrow boat Brit. a canal boat, esp. one less than 7 ft. (2.1 metres) wide. narrow circumstances poverty. narrow cloth cloth less than 52 inches wide. narrow gauge a railway track that has a smaller gauge than the standard one. narrow seas the English Channel and the Irish Sea. narrow squeak

1. a narrow escape.

2 a success barely attained.


narrowish adj. narrowly adv. narrowness n.

Etymology: OE nearu nearw- f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.