- 1measuring a short distance from one side to the other, especially in relation to length narrow streets a narrow bed/doorway/shelf narrow shoulders/hips There was only a narrow gap between the bed and the wall. (figurative) the narrow confines of prison life The road soon became narrower and steeper. opposite broad, wide
- 2[usually before noun] only just achieved or avoided a narrow victory He lost the race by the narrowest of margins. She was elected by a narrow majority. He had a narrow escape when his car skidded on the ice.
- 3limited in a way that ignores important issues or the opinions of other people narrow interests She has a very narrow view of the world. opposite broad
- 4 limited in variety or numbers synonym restricted The shop sells only a narrow range of goods. a narrow circle of friends opposite wide
- 5limited in meaning; exact I am using the word “education” in the narrower sense. opposite broad
- noun [uncountable] The narrowness of the streets caused many traffic problems. We were surprised by the narrowness of our victory. His attitudes show a certain narrowness of mind. Which Word?narrow / thinThese adjectives are frequently used with the following nouns:
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the honest and morally acceptable way of living His wife is trying to keep him on the straight and narrow.
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