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 feeling in the chest.
A tight collar; a fit that was much too tight.
A tight joint.
A tight market.
A tight match.
A tight boat.
A tight weave, a tight schedule of events.
A tight smile.
A tight race.
- Securely or firmly.Hold tight; tie the rope tight.
- (informal) Soundly.Sleep tight.
Tight management; a tight orchestral performance.
My shoes are laced too tight.
That is one tight bicycle!
Don't do that. That's tight.
A tight market.
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.
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.
A tight argument; a tight style of writing.
A tight spot.
A tight bargain.
We went drinking and got tight.
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 suitcase; a tight weave.
A tight schedule.
We've grown tighter over the years.
- to keep one's opinion or position and wait
Other Word Forms
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 *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.