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tight

[ tahyt ]
/ taɪt /
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adjective, tight·er, tight·est.
adverb, tight·er, tight·est.
in a tight manner; closely; securely; tautly; firmly: Shut the door tight.The shirt fit tight across the shoulders.
soundly or deeply: to sleep tight.
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Idioms about tight

    sit tight, to take no action.

Origin of tight

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, pronunciation variant of Middle English thight “dense, solid, tight,” from Old Norse thēttr (cognate with Old English -thiht “firm, solid,” Dutch, German dicht “tight, close, dense”)

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British Dictionary definitions for tight

tight
/ (taɪt) /

adjective
adverb

Derived forms of tight

tightly, adverbtightness, noun

Word Origin for tight

C14: probably variant of thight, from Old Norse thēttr close; related to Middle High German dīhte thick
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