- firmly or closely fixed in place; not easily moved; secure: a tight knot.
- drawn or stretched so as to be tense; taut.
- affording little or no extra room; fitting closely, especially too closely: a tight collar.
- difficult to deal with or manage: to be in a tight situation.
- of such close or compacted texture, or fitted together so closely, as to be impervious to water, air, steam, etc.: a good, tight roof.
- concise; terse: a tight style of writing.
- firm; rigid: his tight control of the company.
- carefully arranged or organized and full; affording little leeway; compact: a tight schedule.
- nearly even; close: a tight race.
- close, as friends; familiar or intimate.
- united: The strikers are tight in their refusal to accept the proposed contract.
- parsimonious; stingy.
- Slang. amazing; cool: Your new place is tight!
- Older Slang. drunk; tipsy.
- characterized by scarcity or eager demand; costly; limited; restricted: a tight job market; tight money.
- Journalism. (of a newspaper) having more news available than is required for or utilizable in a particular issue.
- Baseball. inside(def 18).
- Scot. and North England. competent or skillful.
- neatly or well built or made.
- in a tight manner; closely; firmly; securely; tensely: Shut the door tight. The shirt fit tight across the shoulders.
- soundly or deeply: to sleep tight.
- sit tight, to take no action.
Origin of tight
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Wordscompact, strong, stiff, solid, strained, sturdy, steady, fast, inflexible, tense, taut, stable, quick, rigid, thick, narrow, cramped, tightened, airtight, short
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.How to Solve the Policing Crisis
January 5, 2015
Weirich said whenever she saw Fox, she was wearing something too tight.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
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
November 5, 2014
His grasp did not bruise, it did not seem to be tight; but the hand that held it was immovable.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Linda suddenly gathered her friend in her arms and held her tight.Her Father's Daughter
You never know what hold you really have until you get in a tight place.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Screwed the top on tight, which would make the connection, and then forgot the time.The Secret Agent
We were both down, with our faces in the snow, and I held him tight.In the Valley
- stretched or drawn so as not to be loose; tauta tight cord
- fitting or covering in a close mannera tight dress
- held, made, fixed, or closed firmly and securelya tight knot
- of close and compact construction or organization, esp so as to be impervious to water, air, etc
- (in combination)watertight; airtight
- unyielding or stringentto keep a tight hold on resources
- cramped or constricteda tight fit
- mean or miserly
- difficult and problematica tight situation
- hardly profitablea tight bargain
- (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)
- (of a match or game) very close or even
- (of a team or group, esp of a pop group) playing well together, in a disciplined coordinated way
- informal drunk
- informal (of a person) showing tension
- archaic, or dialect neat
- in a close, firm, or secure waypull it tight
- sit tight
- to wait patiently; bide one's time
- to maintain one's position, stand, or opinion firmly
- sleep tight to sleep soundly
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