An example of tight used as an adverb is the phrase sit tight which means to remain seated.
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.
A tight lid; tight screws; a tight knot.
A tight wire; a tight drumhead.
Cloth tight enough to hold water; warm in our tight little cabin.
A tight argument; a tight style of writing.
A tight collar; a fit that was much too tight.
A tight feeling in the chest.
A tight spot.
A tight bargain.
A tight match.
Tight management; a tight orchestral performance.
My shoes are laced too tight.
A tight boat.
A tight weave, a tight schedule of events.
A tight joint.
A tight smile.
A tight race.
- Securely or firmly.Hold tight; tie the rope tight.
- Soundly.Sleep tight.
Tight cloth; a tight knot.
A tight coat.
My socks are too tight.
The passageway was so tight we could barely get through.
They flew in a tight formation.
The mountain pass was made dangerous by its many tight corners.
Make sure to pull the rope tight.
We went drinking and got tight.
We've grown tighter over the years.
That is one tight bicycle!
Don't do that. That's tight.
He's a bit tight with his money.
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.
Make sure the lid is closed tight.
Good night, sleep tight.
- To keep one's opinion or position and wait.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of tight
- < tight
From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
- Middle English dense of Scandinavian origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.