- The definition of tight is firmly in place, fitting closely or concise and strong.
- An example of tight used as an adjective is the phrase "a tight lightbulb" which means a lightbulb that is screwed in all the way.
- An example of tight used as an adjective is the phrase "a tight shirt" which means a shirt that is very close to the skin and not loose.
- An example of tight used as an adjective is the phrase "a tight argument" which means an argument that is very strong and well phrased.
- Tight is defined as firmly or securely.
An example of tight used as an adverb is the phrase sit tight which means to remain seated.
This man's shirt is too tight.
- Obsolete dense
- so close or compact in structure that water, air, etc. cannot pass through: a tight boat
- drawn, packed, spaced, etc. closely together: a tight weave, a tight schedule of events
- Dialectal snug; trim; neat
- fixed securely; held firmly; firm: a tight joint
- fully stretched; taut, not slack or loose
- fitting closely, esp. too closely, so as to be uncomfortable
- strict; restraining; severe: tight control
- difficult to manage: esp. in the phrase , a difficult situation
- showing tension or strain: a tight smile
- almost even or tied; close: a tight race
- of a short radius; sharp: said of a spiral, curve, turn, etc.
- difficult to get; scarce in relation to demand: said of commodities on a market, or of money available for loans
- characterized by such scarcity: a tight market
- concise; condensed: said of language, style, etc.
- Now Chiefly Dial. well-proportioned; shapely
- Dialectal competent; capable
- Informal stingy; parsimonious
- Slang drunk
- ☆ Slang intimate; familiar; friendly: usually with with
Origin of tightMiddle English altered (prob. influenced, influence by toght: see taut) ; from thight ; from Old English -thight, strong, akin to Old Norse thēttr, German dicht, tight, thick ; from Indo-European base an unverified form tenk-, to thicken, congeal from source Middle Irish tēcht, coagulated
- securely or firmly: hold tight, sit tight
- Informal soundly: sleep tight
Origin of -tight; from tight
- Fixed or fastened firmly in place: a tight lid; tight screws; a tight knot.
- Stretched or drawn out fully: a tight wire; a tight drumhead.
- Of such close construction as to be impermeable: cloth tight enough to hold water; warm in our tight little cabin.
- a. Leaving little empty space through compression; compact: a tight suitcase; a tight weave.b. Affording little spare time; full: a tight schedule.
- Closely reasoned or concise: a tight argument; a tight style of writing.
- Fitting close or too close to the skin; snug: a tight collar; a fit that was much too tight.
- Slang Personally close; intimate: “me and the D.A., who happen to be very tight with one another” (Tom Wolfe).
- Experiencing a feeling of constriction: a tight feeling in the chest.
- Reluctant to spend or give; stingy.
- a. Obtainable with difficulty or only at a high price: tight money.b. Affected by scarcity: a tight market.
- Difficult to deal with or get out of: a tight spot.
- Barely profitable: a tight bargain.
- Closely contested; close: a tight match.
- Chiefly British Neat and trim in appearance or arrangement.
- Marked by full control over elements or subordinates; firm: tight management; a tight orchestral performance.
- Slang Intoxicated; drunk.
- Baseball Inside.
- Firmly; securely.
- Soundly: sleep tight.
- Snugly or with constriction: My shoes are laced too tight.
Origin of tightMiddle English, dense, of Scandinavian origin.
(comparative tighter, superlative tightest)
- Firmly held together; compact; not loose or open.
- tight cloth; a tight knot
- Fitting close, or too close, to the body.
- a tight coat
- My socks are too tight.
- Of a space, etc, narrow, so that it is difficult for something or someone to pass through it.
- The passageway was so tight we could barely get through.
- They flew in a tight formation.
- Of a turn, sharp, so that the timeframe for making it is narrow and following it is difficult.
- The mountain pass was made dangerous by its many tight corners.
- Under high tension.
- Make sure to pull the rope tight.
- Well-rehearsed and accurate in execution.
- Their marching band is extremely tight.
- (slang) Intoxicated; drunk or acting like being drunk.
- We went drinking and got tight.
- (colloquial) Intimately friendly.
- We've grown tighter over the years.
- (slang) Extraordinarily great or special.
- That is one tight bicycle!
- (slang, British (regional)) Mean; unfair; unkind.
- Don't do that. That's tight.
- (slang, usually derogatory) Miserly or frugal.
- He's a bit tight with his money
- (colloquial) Scarce, hard to come by.
- I grew up in a poor neighborhood; money was very tight, but we made do.
- I'll spin and card, and keep our children tight.
- (poker) A player who plays very few hands.
- (poker) A strategy which involves playing very few hands.
- (pushed/pulled together): baggy (of clothing or other material), loose, sagging, saggy, slack
- (narrow): broad, capacious, open, roomy, spacious, wide
- (under high tension): loose, relaxed, slack
- (well-rehearsed and accurate): slack, slapdash, sloppy
- (slang: extraordinarily great or special): crap, naff, pathetic, rubbish
(comparative more tight, superlative most tight)
- Firmly, so as not to come loose easily.
- Make sure the lid is closed tight.
- Good night, sleep tight.
- (firmly): loosely
- (soundly): badly, fitfully
(third-person singular simple present tights, present participle tighting, simple past and past participle tighted)
- (obsolete) To tighten.
From Middle English thight, thiht, from Old English *þīht, *þiht (attested in meteþiht) and Old Norse þéttr, both from Proto-Germanic *þinhtaz, from Proto-Indo-European *tenkt- (“dense, thick, tight”), from Proto-Indo-European *ten- (“to stretch, pull”). Cognate with Scots ticht, West Frisian ticht, Danish tæt, Norwegian tett, tjett, Swedish tät, Dutch dicht, German dicht.