tight

adjective
\ ˈtīt How to pronounce tight (audio) \

Definition of tight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having elements close together a tight formation a tight line of type
b : so close in structure as to prevent passage or escape (as of liquid, gas, or light) a tight ship a tight seal — compare lightproof, watertight
c : fitting very close to the body tight jeans also : too snug tight shoes
d(1) : closely packed : very full a tight bale of hay
(2) : barely allowing time for completion a tight schedule tight deadlines
e : allowing little or no room for free motion or movement a tight connection a tight crawl space also : having a small radius a tight turn
2a : strongly fixed or held : secure a tight jar lid a tight grip on the ladder
b(1) : not slack or loose : taut kept the reins tight a tight knot a tight drumhead also : marked by firmness and muscle tone a tight stomach
(2) : marked by unusual tension (as in the face or body) lips tight with anger a family tight with fear
3a : difficult to cope with in a tight spot financially
b : relatively difficult to obtain money is tight just now also : characterized by such difficulty a tight job market
c : not liberal in giving : stingy tight with a penny
4 : characterized by little difference in the relative positions of contestants with respect to final outcome : close a tight race for mayor
5a : characterized by firmness or strictness in control or application or in attention to details tight security ran a tight newsroom keeps a tight hand on her investments
b : marked by control or discipline in expression or style : having little or no extraneous matter tight writing
c : characterized by a polished style and precise arrangements in music performance
6 : having a close personal or working relationship : intimate is tight with the boss
7 : being such that the subject fills the frame a tight close-up
8 : somewhat drunk
9 chiefly dialectal : capable, competent

tight

adverb

Definition of tight (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : fast, tightly, firmly the door was shut tight
2 : in a sound manner : soundly sleep tight

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Other Words from tight

Adjective

tightly adverb
tightness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for tight

Synonyms: Adjective

impenetrable, impermeable, impervious

Antonyms: Adjective

penetrable, permeable, pervious

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Examples of tight in a Sentence

Adjective

The lid is too tight. I can't loosen it. She made a tight knot in the rope. Keep a tight grip on his hand when you cross the street. Pull the ribbon tight and make a bow.

Adverb

Is the door shut tight? She screwed the cap on tight. Don't close the lid so tight. We were packed as tight as sardines on the bus.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Prior to the release of the video, BTS and Halsey have been tight for some time, with Halsey previously tweeting about their first meeting in 2017. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "BTS and Halsey Released Their “Boy with Luv” Music Video," 12 Apr. 2019 Two powerful trends are at work: a labor shortage amid the tightest job market in almost five decades, and the propensity for longer-living Americans to keep working — even part-time — to supplement often-meager retirement savings. Leslie Patton, The Seattle Times, "Senior citizens are replacing teenagers as fast-food workers," 13 Nov. 2018 Wilcox is also talking about setting tighter controls over what is taught at each school and in each grade level to ensure that all students get the same rigorous instruction. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "CMS leader has won fans among teachers. But these moves may test their loyalty.," 13 July 2018 The paper said the decision by the theater came after an article appeared in the paper about how the Utah Gun Exchange has been following the Parkland students on their tour to stop them from pushing for tighter gun control. Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "Utah theater cancels Parkland forum to register voters amid potential unrest, report says," 11 July 2018 Trade worries are adding to anxiety over cooling economic growth and tighter lending controls that have hit real estate and other industries. Joe Mcdonald, USA TODAY, "China rejects ‘threats and blackmail’ on eve of US tariff hike," 5 July 2018 Mortgage rates have been falling, home inventory is rising in many once-tight markets and the pace of home-price growth is slowing. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "A Buyer’s Market? Hopes Rise With Falling Rates, More Homes for Sale," 31 Mar. 2019 CouchCoaster comes with a slip-in adaptor to create a tighter, no-slip fit for bottles and cans. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "This Genius Cup Holder Will Totally Transform Your Netflix Marathons," 21 Mar. 2019 Keeping your chest lifted, back straight, core tight, and weight in your heels, bend your knees and push your butt back into a squat. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Get a Full-Body Workout With This 3-Move Circuit From Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea," 13 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Anything tight-fitting can rub raw spots and make matters worse, says dermatologist Kally Papantoniou, M.D., in New York City. Amber Katz, Glamour, "12 Things Your Bikini Waxer Wants You to Know," 24 Mar. 2019 Although Hall is staying tight-lipped on her beau, Page Six confirmed that Hall is married to Steven Greener, a music executive. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Get to Know Tamron Hall's Husband Steven Greener Before Their Baby Arrives," 4 Mar. 2019 Hold the weight firmly with both hands under your chin, keeping your elbows tight against your body, your shoulders loose, and your abs engaged. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Hailey Bieber Strengthens Her Core and Lower Half With This One 4-Part Exercise," 4 Jan. 2019 Note: Core engagement is important for all six moves, so make sure to keep your core muscles tight and active throughout the entire workout. 1. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Total-Body HIIT Workout You Can Do in Under 15 Minutes From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 14 Mar. 2019 This device slides into the foot of the saw and is held tight by screws. Tim Layton, Popular Mechanics, "Out Best Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Circular Saw," 14 Mar. 2019 As a result, the great majority of school buses being manufactured today have only one emergency exit, have their fuel tanks tight behind the front door and have seat cushions made of highly flammable polyurethane. The Courier-Journal, "Archives: 1988 reports on bus safety after the Carrollton crash," 14 May 2018 The group of friends that was there is very, very tight now. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Route 91 Survivor Nick Champion Details How the Tragedy Led Him to Pursue His Dream of Becoming a Firefighter," 13 Apr. 2018 Which is why instead of making him a villain, Saints fans wrapped their arms tight around Marcus Williams and said, basically: Welcome home, kid. NOLA.com, "Watch 'Marcus Williams: One of Us Now,' the story of a city and a Saint," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of tight

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tight

Adjective

Middle English tiht, thyht dense, solid, watertight, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse thēttr tight; akin to Middle High German dīhte thick, Sanskrit tanakti it causes to coagulate

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tight

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: difficult to move : fastened, attached, or held in a position that is not easy to move
: fitting very close to your body
: flat or firm from being pulled or stretched

tight

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of tight (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a tight way

tight

adjective
\ ˈtīt How to pronounce tight (audio) \
tighter; tightest

Kids Definition of tight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : very closely packed or compressed a tight bundle a tight fist
2 : fixed or held very firmly in place a tight jar cover
3 : fitting too closely tight shoes
4 : firmly stretched or drawn : taut Pull the rope until it's tight.
5 : difficult to get through or out of I'm in a tight spot.
6 : firm in control She keeps a tight hand on affairs.
8 : low in supply : scarce Money is tight until I get paid.
9 : painfully or uncomfortably tense a tight throat
10 : barely allowing enough time a tight schedule

Other Words from tight

tightly adverb
tightness noun

tight

adverb

Kids Definition of tight (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in a firm, secure, or close manner Shut the door tight. Hold on tight.
2 : in a deep and uninterrupted manner : soundly Sleep tight.

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