- tightly drawn; tense; not slack.
- emotionally or mentally strained or tense: taut nerves.
- in good order or condition; tidy; neat.
Origin of taut
Examples from the Web for tauter
I was drawn to The Class for different reasons—chiefly, the pipe dream of achieving a tighter and tauter backside.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
Carl's own nerves grew tauter and tauter as he saw the manager's restless foot and the mechanic's tension.The Trail of the Hawk
Stays and braces grew tauter and tauter, studden sail-booms cracked, and the topgallant masts bent like willow wands.Marmaduke Merry
William H. G. Kingston
The rope was clearly getting “tauter”; discipline was gradually assuming its sway, the circles around me smaller and smaller.Eighteen Months' Imprisonment
Every step it became tauter and tauter, until at last you might have played a tune upon it.Follow My leader
Talbot Baines Reed
- tightly stretched; tense
- showing nervous strain; stressed
- mainly nautical in good order; neat
Word Origin and History for tauter
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.)).