Tight definition

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Fixed or fastened firmly in place.

A tight lid; tight screws; a tight knot.

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Soundly.

Sleep tight.

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Stretched or drawn out fully.

A tight wire; a tight drumhead.

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Of such close construction as to be impermeable.

Cloth tight enough to hold water; warm in our tight little cabin.

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Experiencing a feeling of constriction.

A tight feeling in the chest.

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Fitting close or too close to the skin; snug.

A tight collar; a fit that was much too tight.

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(slang) Personally close; intimate.
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Reluctant to spend or give; stingy.
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Fixed securely; held firmly; firm.

A tight joint.

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Characterized by such scarcity.

A tight market.

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Closely contested; close.

A tight match.

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(obs.) Dense.
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So close or compact in structure that water, air, etc. cannot pass through.

A tight boat.

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Drawn, packed, spaced, etc. closely together.

A tight weave, a tight schedule of events.

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(dial.) Snug; trim; neat.
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Fully stretched; taut, not slack or loose.
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Strict; restraining; severe.

Tight control.

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Difficult to manage.
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Showing tension or strain.

A tight smile.

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Almost even or tied; close.

A tight race.

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Of a short radius; sharp.
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(now chiefly dial.) Well-proportioned; shapely.
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(dial.) Competent; capable.
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(informal) Stingy; parsimonious.
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(slang) Drunk.
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(slang) Intimate; familiar; friendly.
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Difficult to get; scarce in relation to demand.
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In a tight manner.
  • Securely or firmly.
    Hold tight; tie the rope tight.
  • (informal) Soundly.
    Sleep tight.
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Not letting (something specified) in or out.

Airtight, watertight.

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Fitting closely; often, fitting so closely as to be uncomfortable.
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Concise; condensed.
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(chiefly british) Neat and trim in appearance or arrangement.
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Marked by full control over elements or subordinates; firm.

Tight management; a tight orchestral performance.

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(baseball) Inside.
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Firmly; securely.
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Snugly or with constriction.

My shoes are laced too tight.

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(slang) Extraordinarily great or special.

That is one tight bicycle!

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(slang, British (regional)) Mean; unfair; unkind.

Don't do that. That's tight.

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Obtainable with difficulty or only at a high price.

Tight money.

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Affected by scarcity.

A tight market.

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Firmly held together; compact; not loose or open.

Tight cloth; a tight knot.

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Fitting close, or too close, to the body.

A tight coat.

My socks are too tight.

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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.

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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.

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Under high tension.

Make sure to pull the rope tight.

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(slang, usually derogatory) Miserly or frugal.

He's a bit tight with his money.

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(colloquial) Scarce, hard to come by.

I grew up in a poor neighborhood; money was very tight, but we made do.

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Gray.

I'll spin and card, and keep our children tight.

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(poker) A player who plays very few hands.
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(poker) A strategy which involves playing very few hands.
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Firmly, so as not to come loose easily.

Make sure the lid is closed tight.

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Soundly.

Good night, sleep tight.

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(obsolete) To tighten.
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Closely reasoned or concise.

A tight argument; a tight style of writing.

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Difficult to deal with or get out of.

A tight spot.

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Barely profitable.

A tight bargain.

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(slang) Intoxicated; drunk or acting like being drunk.

We went drinking and got tight.

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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.

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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.

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(slang) Intoxicated; drunk.
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Leaving little empty space through compression; compact.

A tight suitcase; a tight weave.

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Affording little spare time; full.

A tight schedule.

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Well-rehearsed and accurate in execution.

Their marching band is extremely tight.

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(colloquial) Intimately friendly.

We've grown tighter over the years.

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sit tight
  • to keep one's opinion or position and wait
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
tight
Comparative:
tighter
Superlative:
tightest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of 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 *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.

    From Wiktionary