tight-ass

noun \ ˈtīt-ˌas \

Definition of tight-ass

chiefly US slang
:a rigidly straitlaced, conventional, or inhibited person
  • As Indiana warmed up, Wilkerson noticed Bo Ellis, Marquette's star forward, pointing to the Hoosiers' retro warmups and laughing. Clearly, this game matched the cool dudes from Milwaukee against the tight-asses from Bloomington.
  • —Jack McCallum

tight-assed

play \ˈtīt-ˌast\ adjective
    • Like the schoolteachers who had tormented their childhoods, earnest and tight-assed, humorless and self-righteous.
    • —Robert Stone

First Known Use of tight-ass

1971


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