tight

adjective
\ ˈtīt \

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

Ariana was the picture of elegance, pulling her hair back into her signature tight ponytail and wearing a light shimmer on her face that perfectly catches the camera’s flash. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Walked Dog Myron in Pink Lipstick and a Matching Faux Fur Coat," 3 Jan. 2019 With your core tight and hips level, bend both elbows and lower your chest toward the floor. SELF, "Squat and Plank Full-Body Workout," 31 Dec. 2018 Residents are now jumping into one of the tightest and most expensive real estate markets in the country. Umair Irfan, Vox, "What we learned from the disasters that hammered the US in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 The triumph of Watts’s hymns, and eventually the prevalence of hymnbooks across the English-speaking world, was chiefly the result of Watts’s writing: His images were tight and expressive, his diction fresh and original, his rhymes rarely forced. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘The Hymnal’ Review: How to Make a Joyful Noise," 23 Dec. 2018 Wrap pencil with washi tape keeping it as tight as possible. Sarah Newell, Seventeen, "11 Ridiculously Awesome DIY Gifts for Your BFFs," 12 Sep. 2018 The belts on this particular straitjacket are tighter for women, as many studies have shown; exclamation points can be a sort of emotional labor women have to perform to be liked, especially in the workplace. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "Exclamation Point Inflation," 27 June 2018 Research has shown, for instance, that states with higher rates of gun ownership also have higher rates of suicide, suggesting that tighter gun laws could lower the rate of suicide. Julissa Treviño, Vox, "Suicides are at the highest rate in decades, CDC report shows," 30 Nov. 2018 The pictures on Twitter were an emotional response to a smackdown by the powerful gun industry lobby, which took issue with the American College of Physicians’ call late last month for tighter gun control laws. Lisa Marie Pane, The Seattle Times, "It’s a Twitter war: Doctors clash with NRA over gun deaths," 21 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

On a sectional, always do a tight back instead of loose cushions. Lisa Cregan, House Beautiful, "12 Important Things to Know Before You Buy a Sofa," 11 June 2015 The last time Texas had an election for the Senate, in 2014, incumbent Republican Sen. John Cornyn beat his Democratic rival by nearly 30 points, which may be why Republican strategists are nervous about how tight the current race is sitting. Asher Stockler, Vox, "Texas independents break with tradition and go for Beto in a new poll," 28 Oct. 2018 The network can’t accurately model loose fabrics for example, so the target individual has to wear tight-fitting clothes. James Vincent, The Verge, "Deepfakes for dancing: you can now use AI to fake those dance moves you always wanted," 26 Aug. 2018 For 10 years after the film came out, some of the most famous fishing schools in the United States had more women than men learning to tie flies and cast tight-looped lines. Heather Radke, Longreads, "A Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing With Your Father," 16 June 2018 As with everything else, Ocean Infinity is staying tight-lipped. Jeff Wise, Daily Intelligencer, "The Mysterious New Search for MH370," 25 Jan. 2018 The race for second place was tight between leftist Gustavo Petro, with 25 percent, and former Medellin mayor Sergio Fajardo, with 24 percent of the vote. Christine Armario And Joshua Goodman, BostonGlobe.com, "Conservative tops Colombia presidential vote but runoff needed," 28 May 2018 By sitting tight, Anthem has avoided those problems for now, and new CEO Gail Boudreaux has plenty of options to generate growth. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Anthem May Win by Sitting Out Wave of Health Insurance Deals," 6 Apr. 2018 Well, the Travel Channel is being tight-lipped about it. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "The Travel Channel will reveal something in Louisville – but it's being mysterious," 28 Mar. 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 \
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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