tight–ass

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noun \ˈtīt-ˌas\

Definition of tight–ass

chiefly US slang

  1. :  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

1971

First Known Use of tight–ass

1971


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