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taut

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adjective \ˈtȯt\

Simple Definition of taut

  • : very tight from being pulled or stretched : not loose or slack

  • : firm and strong : not loose or flabby

  • : very tense

Full Definition of taut

  1. 1a :  having no give or slack :  tightly drawn <a taut rope>b :  high-strung, tense <taut nerves>

  2. 2a :  kept in proper order or condition <a taut ship>b (1) :  not loose or flabby <taut muscles> (2) :  marked by economy of structure and detail <a taut story>

taut·ly adverb
taut·ness noun

Examples of taut

  1. The rope was drawn taut.

  2. The book is a taut thriller.



Origin of taut

Middle English tought, perhaps from tought, toughth fierce, tough, alteration of tough tough


First Known Use: 14th century


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taut

transitive verb

Definition of taut

Scottish

  1. :  mat, tangle



Origin of taut

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1721


taut-

combining form

Definition of taut-

  1. :  same <tautomerism> <tautonym>



Variants of taut-

or tauto-

Origin of taut-

Late Latin, from Greek, from tauto the same, contraction of to auto



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