This man's shirt is too tight.
- 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.
- Obs. 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
- Dial. snug; trim; neat
- fixed securely; held firmly; firm: a tight joint
- fully stretched; taut, not slack or loose
- fitting closely; often, fitting so closely as to be uncomfortable
- strict; restraining; severe: tight control
- difficult to manage: esp. in the phrase a tight corner (or squeeze, etc.), 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
- Dial. competent; capable
- Informal stingy; parsimonious
- Slang drunk
- Slang intimate; familiar; friendly: often with with
Origin of tightME, altered (prob. influenced, influence by toght: see taut) from thight from Old English -thight, strong, akin to Old Norse th?ttr, German dicht, tight, thick from Indo-European base an unverified form tenk-, to thicken, congeal from source Middle Irish t?cht, coagulated
- securely or firmly: hold tight; tie the rope tight
- Informal soundly: sleep tight
Origin of -tightfrom 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
Usage Note: Tight is used as an adverb following verbs that denote a process of closure or constriction, as squeeze, shut, close, tie, and hold. In this use it is subtly distinct from the adverb tightly. Tight denotes the state resulting from the process, whereas tightly denotes the manner of its application. As such, tight is more appropriate when the focus is on a state that endures for some time after the activity has ended. The sentence She closed up the house tight suggests preparation for an impending blizzard. By the same token, it is more natural to say The windows were frozen tight than The windows were frozen tightly, since in this case the tightness of the seal is not likely to be the result of the manner in which the windows were frozen. With a few verbs tight is used idiomatically as an intensive and is the only possible form: sleep tight; sit tight. Tight can be used only following the verb: The house was shut tight (not tight shut ). Before the verb, use tightly: The house was tightly shut.
(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.
(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.
(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 *Ã¾Ä«ht, *Ã¾iht (attested in meteÃ¾iht) and Old Norse Ã¾Ã©ttr, both from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾inhtaz, from Proto-Indo-European *tenkt- (“dense, thick, tight"), from Proto-Indo-European *ten- (“to stretch, pull"). Cognate with Scots ticht, West Frisian ticht, Danish tÃ¦t, Norwegian tett, tjett, Swedish tÃ¤t, Dutch dicht, German dicht.