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
Synonyms for tight
Related Words for tightcompact, strong, stiff, solid, strained, sturdy, steady, fast, inflexible, tense, taut, stable, quick, rigid, thick, narrow, cramped, tightened, airtight, short
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of tight
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
- 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
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.
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