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

Regulations are tighter, communities are less enthusiastic, and competition from other power sources is higher. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'Green New Deal' Wants to Get Rid of Nuclear Power. That's a Great Idea.," 8 Feb. 2019 Delois: Growing up as a black child in a single-parent home, money was always tight. Marie Claire, "A New Couple, A Newer Home, and 2 Paychecks," 7 Feb. 2019 When rowing, think about the same things when holding a plank: Your spine is long and your abs are tight. Isadora Baum, SELF, "10 Things to Know Before Taking Your First Indoor Rowing Class," 27 Jan. 2019 Security was tight at the courthouse and several protesters stood outside, demanding that Chang and other suspects pay back any pilfered funds. Christopher Torchia, The Seattle Times, "Wanted by US, former Mozambican official appears in SA court," 8 Jan. 2019 Security has been tight, well before Moon's arrival, and officials are enforcing more restrictions on the ability of foreign journalists to talk to people on the street and for foreign diplomats to move around outside the capital. Fox News, "AP Analysis: In North and South Korea, 2 views of summit," 19 Sep. 2018 Many district employees say their salaries lag because of past years when budgets were tight and pay was frozen. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "The Prince George’s schools chief said he was quitting. So why is he still there?," 5 July 2018 Inventory is a little tight but buyers are excited to come in and pay the prices. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: How Sand Valley Golf Resort is transforming central Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 When a material is cooled enough to form solids, its molecules get bonded in tight arrays. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

More widely, housing-market inventory has been tight, driving up home prices and pricing some potential buyers out of the market. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "U.S. Pending Home Sales Fell 2.6% in October," 29 Nov. 2018 Security measures has been tight around Moscow and other host cities given the history of terrorist attacks by Muslim extremists in the country. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "Taxi Crash in Moscow’s Red Square Injures Eight People," 16 June 2018 There was my shot: holding tight on all those ants running around, and then tilting up, and zooming back to show the New York skyline. John Gray Singer, New York Times, "Gay Talese’s Ants," 10 June 2018 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

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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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