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taut

[ tawt ]
/ tɔt /
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adjective, taut·er, taut·est.

tightly drawn; tense; not slack.
emotionally or mentally strained or tense: taut nerves.
in good order or condition; tidy; neat.

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Origin of taut

1275–1325; earlier taught,Middle English tought; akin to tow1

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH taut

taught, taut , taunt
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British Dictionary definitions for taut

taut
/ (tɔːt) /

adjective

tightly stretched; tense
showing nervous strain; stressed
mainly nautical in good order; neat

Derived forms of taut

tautly, adverbtautness, noun

Word Origin for taut

C14 tought; probably related to Old English togian to tow 1
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