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taut

adjective \ ˈtȯt \

Definition of taut

1 a :having no give or slack :tightly drawn
  • a taut rope
b :high-strung, tense
  • taut nerves
2 a :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

tautly

adverb

tautness

noun

Examples of taut in a Sentence

  1. The rope was drawn taut.

  2. The book is a taut thriller.

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Origin and Etymology of taut

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


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taut

verb

Definition of taut

transitive verb
Scotland

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Origin and Etymology of taut

origin unknown


taut-

combining form
variants: or tauto-

Definition of taut-

: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

taut

adjective

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

adjective \ ˈtȯt \

Definition of taut for Students

tauter; tautest
1 :tightly stretched
  • The rope was pulled taut.
2 :very tense
  • Will waited, suddenly taut with excitement.
  • —Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising
3 :firm and not flabby
  • taut muscles

tautly

adverb


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