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tight

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of tight

  1. 1 not allowing penetration (as by gas, liquid, or light) <the lid forms a tight seal with the canister that will keep the spices fresh> Synonyms impenetrable, impermeable, impervious Related Words close, compact, dense, snug, thick; airtight, hermetic (also hermetical), leakproof, watertight; lightproof, soundproof, waterproof Near Antonyms absorbent, leaky, porous, unsealed Antonyms penetrable, permeable, pervious

  2. 2 firmly positioned in place and difficult to dislodge <a tight screw that won't come loose> <a jar with a tight lid> Synonyms fast, firm, frozen, jammed, lodged, set, snug, stuck, wedged Related Words bonded, cemented, glued; anchored, clamped; embedded (also imbedded), entrenched (also intrenched), impacted, implanted; attached, bound, fastened, secured; immovable, unyielding Near Antonyms detached, dislodged, freed, loosened, unattached, unbound, undone, unfastened, unsecured; movable (or moveable), yielding Antonyms insecure, loose

  3. 3 giving or sharing as little as possible <is fairly tight with his money> Synonyms cheap, chintzy, close, closefisted, mean, mingy, miserly, niggard, niggardly, parsimonious, penny-pinching, penurious, pinching, pinchpenny, spare, sparing, stinting, stingy, tightfisted, uncharitable, ungenerousRelated Words careful, chary, conserving, economical, economizing, frugal, saving, scrimping, skimping, thrifty; acquisitive, avaricious, avid, coveting, covetous, desirous, grasping, greedy, hoggish, itchy, mercenary, rapacious, selfish, shabby, small, sordid; begrudging, envious, grudging, resentful; inhospitableNear Antonyms altruistic, selfless, unselfish; extravagant, free, handsome, lavish, overgenerous, profuse; beneficent, benevolent, hospitable, humanitarian, philanthropic (also philanthropical); compassionate, good-hearted, greathearted, kindly, magnanimous, openhearted; thriftless, unthrifty; dissipating, frittering, prodigal, profligate, spendthrift, splurging, squandering, wasteful, wastingAntonyms bounteous, bountiful, charitable, freehanded, generous, liberal, munificent, openhanded, unsparing, unstinting

  4. 4 having little space between items or parts <the traffic on the freeway was so tight we couldn't get over to the exit we wanted> Synonyms compact, crowded, dense, jam-packed, packed, serried, thick, closeRelated Words crammed, jammed, overcrowded; crushed, massed, pressed, squeezed, wall-to-wall; airtight, snug; compacted, compressed, condensed, congested; firm, hard, solid; impenetrable, impermeable, imperviousNear Antonyms commodious, roomy, spaciousAntonyms airy, loose, open, uncrowded

  5. 5 showing little difference in the standing of the competitors <a tight race for governor> Synonyms down-to-the-wire, hairbreadth, narrow, neck and neck, nip and tuck, closeRelated Words crowded

  6. 6 stretched with little or no give <the rope was pulled tight> Synonyms rigid, tense, tautRelated Words firm, inflexible, stiff, tightened, unrelaxed, unyieldingNear Antonyms drooping, droopy, flaccid, floppy, hanging, lank, limp, loosened, relaxed, sagging, slackened, yielding; elastic, flexible, pliant, resilient, springy, stretchy, suppleAntonyms lax, loose, slack

  7. 7 closely acquainted <supposedly he and the rock star have been totally tight since they went to high school together> Synonyms bosom, buddy-buddy, chummy, close, especial, friendly, inseparable, intimate, inward, near, thick, familiarRelated Words clannish, close-knit, tight-knit; affable, boon, companionable, convivial, cordial, genial, gracious, hearty; gregarious, sociable, social; comfortable, cozy, easy, snug; amicable, neighborly; confidential, secretive; adoring, affectionate, dear, devoted, fond, loving, tender, tenderhearted, warmNear Antonyms aloof, antisocial, cold, cool, detached, distant, frosty, remote, reserved, standoffish, unfriendly, unsociable, withdrawnAntonyms distant

  8. 8 being under the influence of alcohol <having spent several hours getting nice and tight, the campus Romeo was having performance problems> Synonyms besotted, blasted [slang], blind, blitzed [slang], blotto [slang], bombed, boozy, canned [slang], cockeyed, crocked, drunken, fried, gassed, hammered [slang], high, impaired, inebriate, inebriated, intoxicated, juiced [slang], lit, lit up, loaded [slang], looped, oiled [slang], pickled, pie-eyed, plastered, potted [slang], ripped [slang], sloshed [slang], smashed [slang], sottish, soused, sozzled, squiffed (or squiffy), stewed, stiff, stinking [slang], stoned, tanked [slang], tiddly [chiefly British], drunk, tipsy, wasted [slang], wet, wiped out [slang]Related Words maudlin; beery; befuddled, bleary-eyed, crapulous, dopey (also dopy), rocky, strung out, stupefied; debauched, dissipated, dissolute; alcoholic, bibulous, dipsomaniacalNear Antonyms abstemious, abstinent, dry, temperate, teetotal; clearheaded, cool, level, steadyAntonyms sober, straight




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