- 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 tautly
The novel is a tautly paced thriller, but it also packs a searing satire of the much-ballyhooed modern world we live in.The Author Of The Summer's Hit Paranoid Fantasy Opens Up
August 15, 2014
This tautly written, tightly plotted time bomb of a fiction covers two generations and 50 years in under 90 pages.Best Films From Books
May 24, 2011
Leaning forward, tautly, "But how do you expect to do this?"The Sensitive Man
Poul William Anderson
I have drawn the line, for example, squarely and tautly on burglars.The Opinions of a Philosopher
But the skin of her face and her bare upper body was a warm color, and tautly filled.Star Performer
Robert J. Shea
Hunched over the throttles, peering tensely ahead, he was tautly estimating speed and direction.The World with a Thousand Moons
With nerves as tautly drawn as fiddle strings, she remained very still.The Secret of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
- tightly stretched; tense
- showing nervous strain; stressed
- mainly nautical in good order; neat
Word Origin and History for tautly
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.)).