Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Fixed or fastened firmly in place: a tight lid; tight screws; a tight knot.
  • adj. Stretched or drawn out fully: a tight wire; a tight drumhead.
  • adj. Of such close construction as to be impermeable: cloth tight enough to hold water; warm in our tight little cabin.
  • adj. Leaving little empty space through compression; compact: a tight suitcase; a tight weave.
  • adj. Affording little spare time; full: a tight schedule.
  • adj. Closely reasoned or concise: a tight argument; a tight style of writing.
  • adj. Fitting close or too close to the skin; snug: a tight collar; a fit that was much too tight.
  • adj. Slang Personally close; intimate: "me and the D.A., who happen to be very tight with one another” ( Tom Wolfe).
  • adj. Experiencing a feeling of constriction: a tight feeling in the chest.
  • adj. Reluctant to spend or give; stingy.
  • adj. Obtainable with difficulty or only at a high price: tight money.
  • adj. Affected by scarcity: a tight market.
  • adj. Difficult to deal with or get out of: a tight spot.
  • adj. Barely profitable: a tight bargain.
  • adj. Closely contested; close: a tight match.
  • adj. Chiefly British Neat and trim in appearance or arrangement.
  • adj. Marked by full control over elements or subordinates; firm: tight management; a tight orchestral performance.
  • adj. Slang Intoxicated; drunk.
  • adj. Baseball Inside.
  • adv. Firmly; securely.
  • adv. Soundly: sleep tight.
  • adv. Snugly or with constriction: My shoes are laced too tight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pushed or pulled together.
  • adj. Of a space, etc, narrow, so that it is difficult for something or someone to pass through it.
  • adj. Of a turn, sharp, so that the timeframe for making it is narrow and following it is difficult.
  • adj. Under high tension.
  • adj. Well-rehearsed and accurate in execution.
  • adj. Intoxicated; drunk or acting like being drunk.
  • adj. Intimately friendly.
  • adj. Extraordinarily great or special.
  • adj. Unfair; unkind.
  • adj. Miserly or frugal.
  • adj. Scarce, hard to come by.
  • adj. A player who plays very few hands
  • adj. A strategy which involves playing very few hands
  • adv. Firmly, so as not to come loose easily.
  • adv. Soundly.
  • v. To tighten.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • p. p. of tie.
  • adj. Firmly held together; compact; not loose or open
  • adj. Close, so as not to admit the passage of a liquid or other fluid; not leaky; ; -- often used in this sense as the second member of a compound
  • adj. Fitting close, or too close, to the body.
  • adj. Not ragged; whole; neat; tidy.
  • adj. Close; parsimonious; saving.
  • adj. Not slack or loose; firmly stretched; taut; -- applied to a rope, chain, or the like, extended or stretched out.
  • adj. Handy; adroit; brisk.
  • adj. Somewhat intoxicated; tipsy.
  • adj. Pressing; stringent; not easy; firmly held; dear; -- said of money or the money market. Cf. Easy, 7.
  • transitive v. To tighten.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 12. In billiards: Noting balls that are fast, or frozen to each other.
  • Noting pockets that are small for the diameter of the balls.
  • 13. See the extract.
  • Close or closely compacted in texture or structure.
  • Hence Trim; tidy; neat.
  • Expert; handy; skilful; adroit; capable.
  • Close; firm; as, a tight grasp; a tight knot.
  • Close-fitting; especially, fitting too closely because too small, narrow, or the like: as, a tight shoe; a tight coat.
  • Close-fisted; narrow; niggardly; parsimonious: as, a man tight in his dealings.
  • Tense; taut; strained or stretched so as to leave no slack: as, a tight rope.
  • Produced by or requiring great straining or exertion; severe: as, to get through by a tight pull; specifically, in medicine, noting a cough accompanied with a painful sense of constriction, and without expectoration; racking; hacking.
  • Scarce; not easily obtained or obtainable, because held firmly or tied up in some way: applied to money; hence, straitened for want of money: as, a tight money-market. [Commercial slang.]
  • Under the influence of strong drink; intoxicated; tipsy; “full.”
  • Noting the condition of the cutting edge of a saw as condensed by hammering. Also small.
  • To make tight; tighten.
  • See tite.
  • An old preterit of tie.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an attentive manner
  • adj. affected by scarcity and expensive to borrow
  • adj. securely or solidly fixed in place; rigid
  • adj. (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched
  • adj. pulled or drawn tight
  • adj. (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
  • adj. closely constrained or constricted or constricting
  • adj. exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent
  • adj. of textiles
  • adj. of such close construction as to be impermeable
  • adj. very drunk
  • adv. firmly or closely
  • adj. packed closely together
  • adj. pressed tightly together
  • adj. demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
  • adj. set so close together as to be invulnerable to penetration

Etymologies

Middle English, dense, of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English thight, from Old Norse þéttr (Danish tæt, Swedish tät), from Proto-Germanic *þinhtaz. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • John's mind had to speculate vaguely whether or not Desmond knew the nature of the tight place -- _tight_ was such a very descriptive adjective -- out of which he had pulled Scaife.

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  • Rita Moran was waiting for him, her expression tight with anger and frustration.

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  • As they get exposed over to the California coastline, we're going to see what we refer to as a tight pressure gradient.

    CNN Transcript Feb 14, 2009

  • JOHNSON: One of the things that's important as you are going out networking and talking to people, really being able to have what I call a tight and skinny 30-second pitch.

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  • This will help your line remain tight, which is important for detecting takes and for quick, effective strikes with both lures and flies.

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  • That means it's had what we call a tight trading range in Wall Street parlance making Coca-Cola our stock of the week.

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  • He was in build what they call a tight little fellow; short, dark, with a warm colour, and that upright set of the head and chest, that flaunting way in movement recalling

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  • He smiled at her, but his face was drawn, his expression tight.

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  • Lahore police Officer Sohail Sukhera said this city in the Pakistani heartland was "in a state of war" after the explosions, which came despite what he called tight security in the army-controlled cantonment area of the city.

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  • Snider told the council members that he would attempt to locate the funding in what he called a tight budget in order to keep the station open.

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