tight-ass

noun
\ ˈtīt-ˌas How to pronounce tight-ass (audio) \

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

Other Words from tight-ass

tight-assed \ ˈtīt-​ˌast How to pronounce tight-assed (audio) \ 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Tight-ass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tight-ass. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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