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 -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.
(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.