Nearby words

  1. tidewater,
  2. tideway,
  3. tidings,
  4. tidy,
  5. tidytips,
  6. tie bar,
  7. tie beam,
  8. tie clasp,
  9. tie down,
  10. tie in


    tie one on, Slang. to get drunk: Charlie sure tied one on last night!
    tie the knot. knot1(def 18).

Origin of tie

before 900; (noun) Middle English te(i)gh cord, rope, Old English tēagh, tēgh, cognate with Old Norse taug rope; (v.) Middle English tien, Old English tīgan, derivative of the noun; compare Old Norse teygja to draw. See tug, tow1

Related formsre·tie, verb (used with object), re·tied, re·ty·ing.un·der·tie, nounun·der·tie, verb (used with object), un·der·tied, un·der·ty·ing.well-tied, adjective

Synonym study

22. See bond1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tied

British Dictionary definitions for tied


/ (taɪd) /

adjective British

(of a public house, retail shop, etc) obliged to sell only the beer, products, etc, of a particular producera tied house; tied outlet
(of a house or cottage) rented out to the tenant for as long as he or she is employed by the owner
(of a loan) made by one nation to another on condition that the money is spent on goods or services provided by the lending nation


/ (taɪ) /

verb ties, tying or tied


See also tie in, tie up

Word Origin for tie

Old English tīgan to tie; related to Old Norse teygja to draw, stretch out, Old English tēon to pull; see tug, tow 1, tight

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Word Origin and History for tied
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