This site uses cookies, by continuing, your consent is assumed. know more



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

    1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, A Cuckoo in the Nest: She was like a Beardsley Salome, he had said. And indeed she had the narrow eyes and the high cheekbone of that creature, and as nearly the sinuosity as is compatible with human symmetry.
    1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 14, The China Governess: Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime. Their bases were on a level with the pavement outside, a narrow way which was several feet lower than the road behind the house.
    2013 July-August, Catherine Clabby, “Focus on Everything”, American Scientist:  Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny creatures with every part in focus. That’s because the lenses that are excellent at magnifying tiny subjects produce a narrow depth of field. A photo processing technique called focus stacking has changed that.

Of little extent; very limited; circumscribed.

    Bishop Wilkins The Jews were but a small nation, and confined to a narrow compass in the world.

(figuratively) Restrictive; without flexibility or latitude. a narrow interpretation
Contracted; of limited scope; illiberal; bigoted. a narrow mind; narrow views

    Macaulay a narrow understanding

Having a small margin or degree. a narrow escape The Republicans won by a narrow majority.

    2011 September 18, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia”, BBC Sport: As in their narrow defeat of Argentina last week, England were indisciplined at the breakdown, and if Georgian fly-half Merab Kvirikashvili had remembered his kicking boots, Johnson's side might have been behind at half-time.

(dated) Limited as to means; straitened; pinching. narrow circumstances
Parsimonious; niggardly; covetous; selfish.

    Smalridge a very narrow and stinted charity

Scrutinizing in detail; close; accurate; exact.

    Milton But first with narrow search I must walk round / This garden, and no corner leave unspied.

(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.


a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water
not wide
limited in size or scope
lacking tolerance or flexibility or breadth of view
very limited in degree

Synonyms for narrow

minute, narrow-minded - shockable

Antonyms for narrow

careless - comfortable - wide - panoramic - broad - unlimited - widen - sweeping - deep - limitless - beamy - bird's-eye - fanlike

Example Sentences Including 'narrow'

  • narrow shoulders, thin waist and narrow hips.
  • ♪ Where she's narrow she's narrow as an arrow ♪
  • It grows within a narrow range of pH. A very narrow range.
  • narrow that to girls 13 to 18 And narrow it again to brunettes.
  • You... shall cross a narrow plank, so narrow you can't find your footing.
  • And as a result, we were kept in a narrow circle, very, very, narrow.
  • Below medium height. I seemed to tower over him. narrow little shoulders, narrow little head.
  • We have one narrow vector in the room. We have one narrow vector in the room.
  • Might help narrow your investigation. - Okay.
  • Your definition of narrow is impressively wide.
  • and narrow your options to absolutely nothing.


Similar Words

narrow-mindedness - narcissistically - narcotrafficker - narrativization - narrow-mindedly - narcosynthesis - narcosynthetic - narcocorridos - narcohypnosis - narcohypnotic - narcomaniacal - narcotization - narratability - Narragansett - narcissistic - narcoticized - narratorless - narrowminded - narsarsukite - narcissists

narrow romanian translation

restrâns limitat strâmt reduce îngust mică

Browse by Letter