- tightly drawn; tense; not slack.
- emotionally or mentally strained or tense: taut nerves.
- in good order or condition; tidy; neat.
Origin of taut
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Examples from the Web for taut
There were stomachs, taut and flat, but also undulating bellies, soft and bloated from the breakfast buffet.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
Now Kevin Garvey (a taut, tense Justin Theroux) is Mapleton's chief of police.‘The Leftovers’ Review: A Fever Dream You Can’t Wake Up From
June 29, 2014
In fact, they are linked by a taut common thread: innocence encountering the face of evil.Holocaust Horrors Haunt the Films ‘Ida’ And ‘The German Doctor’
May 12, 2014
Taut red fabric on the ceiling above the chandelier gives the room a cool, circus-tent vibe.Exploring the Darker Side of James Joyce’s Trieste
January 13, 2014
The crowd cheered and whooped for Jerry Lee, who raised a hand and pulled his face in a taut grin.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
Harriett saw his stoop, and the taut, braced power of his back as he lifted.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Turning back to Dr. Shalt, he began to speak in a taut, controlled voice.The Second Voice
Taut, now, the quivering lines; now slack; and so, let her go!Poems
William D. Howells
The cable, taut with the strain, stretched ahead out of sight.
Now we're all taut and shipshape and nobody can get aboard to interrupt.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
- tightly stretched; tense
- showing nervous strain; stressed
- mainly nautical in good order; neat
Word Origin and History for taut
early 14c., tohte, possibly from tog-, past participle stem of Old English teon "to pull, drag," from Proto-Germanic *tugn, from PIE *deuk- "to lead" (see duke (n.)).