- An example of taut is a strong wind pulling the sail tight on a boat.
- An example of taut is a person's smile being pulled into a straight line.
The definition of taut is pulled or stretched tight.
- tightly stretched: said as of a rope
- showing strain; tense: a taut smile
- trim, orderly, and characterized by strict enforcement of discipline: said of a ship
Origin of tautMiddle English toght, tight, firm, probably from past participle of togen ( from Old English togian), to pull, tow
- a. Pulled or drawn tight; not slack. See Synonyms at tight.b. Flexed or not loose: taut muscles.c. Strained or tense: taut nerves.
- a. Kept in good order; trim: a taut ship.b. Marked by the efficient, sparing, or concise use of something, such as language or detail: a taut movie script.
Origin of tautMiddle English tohte distended perhaps ultimately from Old English togian to drag ; see tow 1.
(comparative tauter, superlative tautest)
From Middle English, past participle of tow
- Alternative form of tauto-.