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[nar-oh-bak] /ˈnær oʊˌbæk/
noun, Slang.
a person of slight build who is unfit for hard labor.
Disparaging. a contemptuous term used to refer to an Irish-American.
Origin of narrowback
Usage note
This term was used by Irish immigrants to refer to the generation born in America. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And then around and through this narrow back hall comes the kitchen.

    In a Mysterious Way Anne Warner
  • He nodded his head at the narrow back that remained turned on him.

    The Man in the Twilight Ridgwell Cullum
  • She could see nothing before her; fortunately, however, no carriages or carts ever came down the narrow back way.

    Little Miss Peggy Mrs. Molesworth
  • He was, however, quite quiet until Christopher turned into a narrow back street.

  • She ran and got her husband's required garments, and threw them, flapping ungracefully, up the narrow back staircase to him.

    Rayton: A Backwoods Mystery Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • He started up the front stairway and Zora hurried up the narrow back stairs, almost overturning a servant.

  • Charles Haas, bareheaded and in evening dress, a flower in his button-hole, started with me up the narrow back staircase.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • In any case the castle is not at all evident; it stands on no great elevation, and has to be sought for by a narrow back street.

    Normandy G. E. Mitton
  • Strolling aimlessly through the narrow back ways, we came presently to the market that stands against the port.

    A Set of Rogues Frank Barrett
  • The shop extended right through to the narrow back street which ran behind it.

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