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adjective \ˈtīt\

Definition of tight

  1. 1a :  having elements close together a tight formation a tight line of typeb :  so close in structure as to prevent passage or escape (as of liquid, gas, or light) a tight ship a tight seal — compare lightproof, watertightc :  fitting very close to the body tight jeans; also :  too snug tight shoesd (1) :  closely packed :  very full a tight bale of hay (2) :  barely allowing time for completion a tight schedule tight deadlinese :  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

  2. 2a :  strongly fixed or held :  secure a tight jar lid a tight grip on the ladderb (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

  3. 3 chiefly dialectal :  capable, competent

  4. 4a :  difficult to cope with in a tight spot financiallyb :  relatively difficult to obtain money is tight just now; also :  characterized by such difficulty a tight job marketc :  not liberal in giving :  stingy tight with a penny

  5. 5 :  characterized by little difference in the relative positions of contestants with respect to final outcome :  close a tight race for mayor

  6. 6 :  somewhat drunk

  7. 7a :  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 investmentsb :  marked by control or discipline in expression or style :  having little or no extraneous matter tight writingc :  characterized by a polished style and precise arrangements in music performance

  8. 8 :  having a close personal or working relationship :  intimate is tight with the boss

  9. 9 :  being such that the subject fills the frame a tight close-up

tightly

adverb

tightness

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Examples of tight in a sentence

  1. The lid is too tight. I can't loosen it.

  2. She made a tight knot in the rope.

  3. Keep a tight grip on his hand when you cross the street.

  4. Pull the ribbon tight and make a bow.

Origin and Etymology of tight

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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tight

adverb

Definition of tight

  1. 1 :  fast, tightly, firmly the door was shut tight

  2. 2 :  in a sound manner :  soundly sleep tight

Examples of tight in a sentence

  1. Is the door shut tight?

  2. She screwed the cap on tight.

  3. Don't close the lid so tight.

  4. We were packed as tight as sardines on the bus.

1680

First Known Use of tight

1680



TIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

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tight

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adjective \ˈtīt\

Definition of tight for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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tight

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Definition of tight for English Language Learners

  • : in a tight way


TIGHT Defined for Kids

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adjective \ˈtīt\

Definition of tight for Students

tighter

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tightest

  1. 1 :  very closely packed or compressed a tight bundle a tight fist

  2. 2 :  fixed or held very firmly in place a tight jar cover

  3. 3 :  fitting too closely tight shoes

  4. 4 :  firmly stretched or drawn :  taut Pull the rope until it's tight.

  5. 5 :  difficult to get through or out of I'm in a tight spot.

  6. 6 :  firm in control She keeps a tight hand on affairs.

  7. 7 :  stingy 1

  8. 8 :  low in supply :  scarce Money is tight until I get paid.

  9. 9 :  painfully or uncomfortably tense a tight throat

  10. 10 :  barely allowing enough time a tight schedule

tightly

adverb

tightness

noun

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tight

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adverb

Definition of tight for Students

  1. 1 :  in a firm, secure, or close manner Shut the door tight. Hold on tight.

  2. 2 :  in a deep and uninterrupted manner :  soundly Sleep tight.



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