NARROW, adjective I suspect this word and near to be contracted by the loss of g, nig, narrow strait; nigiaw, to narrow; for the D. has naauw, narrow close, G. with a prefix. In this case, the word belongs to the root of nigh; to approach.
1. Of little breadth; not wide or broad; having little distance from side to side; as a narrow board; a narrow street; a narrow sea; a narrow hem or border. It is only or chiefly applied to the surface of flat or level bodies.
2. Of little extent; very limited; as a narrow space or compass.
3. Covetous; not liberal or bountiful; as a narrow heart.
4. Contracted; of confined views or sentiments; very limited.
The greatest understanding is narrow
In this sense and the former, it is often prefixed to mind or soul, _ c. ; as narrow-minded; narrow-souled; narrow-hearted.
5. Near; within a small distance.
6. Close; near; accurate; scrutinizing; as a narrow search; narrow inspection.
7. Near; barely sufficient to avoid evil; as a narrow escape.
NARROW, noun A strait; a narrow passage through a mountain, or a narrow channel of water between one sea or lake and another; a sound. It is usually in the plural, but sometimes in the singular.