from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Pulled or drawn tight; not slack. synonym: tight.
  • adjective Flexed or not loose.
  • adjective Strained or tense.
  • adjective Kept in good order; trim.
  • adjective Marked by the efficient, sparing, or concise use of something, such as language or detail.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Tight; tense; not slack: as, a taut line.
  • Hence In good shape or condition; properly ordered; prepared against emergency; tidy; neat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Naut.) Tight; stretched; not slack; -- said esp. of a rope that is tightly strained.
  • adjective Snug; close; firm; secure.
  • adjective (Naut.) a sailor's term for an officer who is severe in discipline.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Tight; under tension, as in a rope or bow string.
  • adjective Experiencing stress or anxiety.
  • adjective Containing only relevant parts, brief and controlled.

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

  • adjective subjected to great tension; stretched tight
  • adjective pulled or drawn tight


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

[Middle English tohte, distended, perhaps ultimately from Old English togian, to drag; see tow.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, past participle of tow


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  • A rather smutty word.

    November 30, 2007

  • See also toght.

    December 15, 2015