The opposite of wide is narrow. When there is very little space on either side of an opening, or when something looks thin or skinny, the word "narrow" might be a good choice.

narrow passage a narrow passage

  • The walkways and streets in some European cities can be quite narrow.
  • Many people fold in the side mirrors on their cars when parked on narrow streets.
  • Some canals are too narrow for large ships to pass through.
  • Narrow neckties were popular in the 1980s.
  • To achieve an hourglass figure, some women try to make their waist look narrow by wearing a corset.

corsetShe’s wearing a corset.

It’s also possible to use the word "narrow" when describing something that happens or doesn’t happen:

  • The fish made a narrow escape from the fisherman’s net. (In this sentence, "narrow" is an adjective.)
  • The fish narrowly escaped capture. (In this sentence, "narrowly" is an adverb.)
  • A person who chooses not to pursue a good education narrows his or her opportunities later in life. (In this sentence, "narrow" is a verb.)
  • Low interest rates and a weak economy presented a narrow opportunity for home buyers who wanted to save on mortgage expenses.

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This page was updated on May 14, 2015.