American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. So firmly compacted or put together as to be impermeable or impervious to air, gas, rain, water, etc.: as, a water-tight tank; an air-tight vessel.
- 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.
- 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. slang Intoxicated; drunk or acting like being drunk.
- adj. colloquial Intimately friendly.
- adj. slang Extraordinarily great or special.
- adj. slang, UK Unfair; unkind.
- adj. slang, usually derogatory Miserly or frugal.
- adj. colloquial Scarce, hard to come by.
- adj. poker A player who plays very few hands
- adj. poker A strategy which involves playing very few hands
- adv. Firmly, so as not to come loose easily.
- adv. Soundly.
- v. obsolete To tighten.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. colloq. Close; parsimonious; saving.
- adj. Not slack or loose; firmly stretched; taut; -- applied to a rope, chain, or the like, extended or stretched out.
- adj. obsolete Handy; adroit; brisk.
- adj. Slang Somewhat intoxicated; tipsy.
- adj. (Com.) Pressing; stringent; not easy; firmly held; dear; -- said of money or the money market. Cf. Easy, 7.
- v. obsolete To tighten.
- 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
- From Middle English thight, from Old Norse þéttr (Danish tæt, Swedish tät), from Proto-Germanic *þinhtaz. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, dense, of Scandinavian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“Rita Moran was waiting for him, her expression tight with anger and frustration.”
“As they get exposed over to the California coastline, we're going to see what we refer to as a tight pressure gradient.”
“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.”
“This will help your line remain tight, which is important for detecting takes and for quick, effective strikes with both lures and flies.”
“That means it's had what we call a tight trading range in Wall Street parlance making Coca-Cola our stock of the week.”
“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”
“He smiled at her, but his face was drawn, his expression tight.”
“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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