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taut

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adjective \ˈtȯt\

Definition of taut

  1. 1a :  having no give or slack :  tightly drawn a taut ropeb :  high-strung, tense taut nerves

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

tautly

adverb

tautness

noun

Examples of taut in a sentence

  1. The rope was drawn taut.

  2. The book is a taut thriller.

Origin and Etymology of taut

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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taut

verb

Definition of taut

Scotland

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  mat, tangle

Origin and Etymology of taut

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1721


taut-

combining form
variants: or

tauto-

Definition of taut-

  1. :  same tautomerism tautonym

Origin and Etymology of taut-

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


TAUT Defined for English Language Learners

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taut

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adjective \ˈtȯt\

Definition of taut for English Language Learners

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

  • : firm and strong : not loose or flabby

  • : very tense


TAUT Defined for Kids

taut

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adjective \ˈtȯt\

Definition of taut for Students

tauter

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tautest

  1. 1 :  tightly stretched The rope was pulled taut.

  2. 2 :  very tense Will waited, suddenly taut with excitement. — Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising

  3. 3 :  firm and not flabby taut muscles

tautly

adverb


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