adjective, tight·er, tight·est.
- close, as friends; familiar or intimate.
- united: The strikers are tight in their refusal to accept the proposed contract.
adverb, tight·er, tight·est.
Origin of tight
Examples from the Web for tight
And that means they also fall under the umbrella of programs most likely to get the axe when state and federal budgets are tight.
Weirich said whenever she saw Fox, she was wearing something too tight.
He dropped and I felt a tight surge in my stomach that ran all the way up to my jaw.
His uniform was too tight and was wrapped around his doughy body like cellophane.
LePage owed his election in 2010 to a split opposition, as he won a tight three-way race over Cutler and Democrat Libby Mitchell.Republican Wave Carries Maine Governor Paul LePage to Victory|Ben Jacobs|November 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There had been a tight scrum which had more or less collapsed.The Loom of Youth|Alec Waugh
A tight boat, a fair wind, a smooth sea—let us hope for the best!For Faith and Freedom|Walter Besant
His lips were tight pressed, his eyes hard, as he rode by the jail again and out into the county road.The Short Cut|Jackson Gregory
From another corner he tried to extricate a half-sovereign, but it would not come, the knot was too tight.Thereby Hangs a Tale|George Manville Fenn
Never since the days of the Invincible Armada had war been so brought home to the people of the tight little island.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
British Dictionary definitions for tight
- of close and compact construction or organization, esp so as to be impervious to water, air, etc
- (in combination)watertight; airtight
- (of a commodity) difficult to obtain; in excess demand
- (of funds, money, etc) difficult and expensive to borrow because of high demand or restrictive monetary policy
- (of markets) characterized by excess demand or scarcity with prices tending to riseCompare easy (def. 8)
- to wait patiently; bide one's time
- to maintain one's position, stand, or opinion firmly
Word Origin for tight
Word Origin and History for tight
mid-15c., "dense, close, compact," from Middle English thight, from Old Norse þettr "watertight, close in texture, solid," from Proto-Germanic *thenkhtuz (cf. second element in Old English meteþiht "stout from eating;" Middle High German dihte "dense, thick," German dicht "dense, tight," Old High German gidigan, German gediegen "genuine, solid, worthy"), from PIE root *tenk- "to become firm, curdle, thicken" (cf. Irish techt "curdled, coagulated," Lithuanian tankus "close, tight," Persian tang "tight," Sanskrit tanakti "draws together, contracts").
Sense of "drawn, stretched" is from 1570s; meaning "fitting closely" (as of garments) is from 1779; that of "evenly matched" (of a contest, bargain, etc.) is from 1828, American English; that of "drunk" is from 1830; that of "close, sympathetic" is from 1956. Tight-assed "unwilling to relax" is attested from 1903. Tight-laced is recorded from 1741 in both the literal and figurative senses. Tight-lipped is first attested 1876.
Idioms and Phrases with tight
In addition to the idioms beginning with tight
- tight as a drum
- tight as a tick
- tighten one's belt
- tighten the screws
- tight rein on, a
- tight ship
- tight spot
- tight squeeze
- in a bind (tight corner)
- sit tight