[ tawt ]
/ tɔt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. tauromachy,
  2. taurus,
  3. taurus mountains,
  4. taussig,
  5. taussig-bing syndrome,
  6. tautavel man,
  7. tauted,
  8. tauten,
  9. tauto-,
  10. tautog

Origin of taut

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

Related forms
Can be confusedtaught taut taunt

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British Dictionary definitions for taut


/ (tɔːt) /


tightly stretched; tense
showing nervous strain; stressed
mainly nautical in good order; neat
Derived Formstautly, adverbtautness, noun

Word Origin for taut

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

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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.)).

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