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[ tahyt ]


, tight·er, tight·est.
  1. firmly or closely fixed in place; not easily moved; secure:

    a tight knot.

  2. drawn or stretched so as to be tense; taut.
  3. affording little or no extra room; fitting closely, especially too closely:

    a tight collar.

  4. difficult to deal with or manage:

    to be in a tight situation.

  5. of such close or compacted texture, or fitted together so closely, as to be impervious to water, air, steam, etc.:

    a good, tight roof.

  6. a tight style of writing.

  7. his tight control of the company.

  8. carefully arranged or organized and full; affording little leeway; packed:

    a tight schedule.

  9. nearly even; close:

    a tight race.

  10. Informal.
    1. close, as friends; familiar or intimate.
    2. united:

      The strikers are tight in their refusal to accept the proposed contract.

  11. Synonyms: sparing, saving, frugal, mean, close

  12. Slang. amazing; cool:

    Your new place is tight!

  13. Older Slang. drunk; tipsy.
  14. characterized by scarcity or eager demand; limited; restricted:

    a tight job market;

    tight money.

  15. Journalism. (of a newspaper) having more news available than is required for or utilizable in a particular issue.
  16. Baseball. inside ( def 18 ).
  17. Scot. and North England. competent or skillful.
  18. neatly or well built or made.


, tight·er, tight·est.
  1. in a tight manner; closely; securely; tautly; firmly:

    Shut the door tight.

    The shirt fit tight across the shoulders.

  2. soundly or deeply:

    to sleep tight.


/ taɪt /


  1. stretched or drawn so as not to be loose; taut

    a tight cord

  2. fitting or covering in a close manner

    a tight dress

  3. held, made, fixed, or closed firmly and securely

    a tight knot

    1. of close and compact construction or organization, esp so as to be impervious to water, air, etc
    2. ( in combination )



  4. unyielding or stringent

    to keep a tight hold on resources

  5. cramped or constricted

    a tight fit

  6. mean or miserly
  7. difficult and problematic

    a tight situation

  8. hardly profitable

    a tight bargain

  9. economics
    1. (of a commodity) difficult to obtain; in excess demand
    2. (of funds, money, etc) difficult and expensive to borrow because of high demand or restrictive monetary policy
    3. (of markets) characterized by excess demand or scarcity with prices tending to rise Compare easy
  10. (of a match or game) very close or even
  11. (of a team or group, esp of a pop group) playing well together, in a disciplined coordinated way
  12. informal.
  13. informal.
    (of a person) showing tension
  14. archaic.


  1. in a close, firm, or secure way

    pull it tight

  2. sit tight
    1. to wait patiently; bide one's time
    2. to maintain one's position, stand, or opinion firmly
  3. sleep tight
    to sleep soundly

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Derived Forms

  • ˈtightly, adverb
  • ˈtightness, noun

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Other Words From

  • tightly adverb
  • tightness noun
  • over·tight adjective
  • over·tightly adverb
  • over·tightness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of tight1

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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Word History and Origins

Origin of tight1

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

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. sit tight, to take no action.

More idioms and phrases containing tight

  • in a bind (tight corner)
  • sit tight

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Example Sentences

Just make sure the cap is on tight so it doesn’t leak, and that the bottle is not hot enough to burn you.

It may have been a lucky tip that led Freeman to the arrest, but it was his ability to connect with the tight-knit community—and his passion for investigating the heists—that put him in a position to receive it.

Brady threw three touchdowns passes, two to tight end Rob Gronkowski and one to wideout Antonio Brown.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes finally got in sync with star tight end Travis Kelce, who had just one catch before the drive but then had four for 41 en route to the field goal.

The Kansas City defense had a goal-line stand in the second quarter to keep the game temporarily 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.

Because of the thinness of the air, there is a very tight margin between the correct and incorrect airspeeds, as little as 50 mph.

Weirich said whenever she saw Fox, she was wearing something too tight.

Major League Baseball, though, is still being tight-lipped about what the end of the embargo might mean for the sport.

Missy also gets a bit tight-lipped when it comes to her personal life.

"It's always the way with them," sighed Miss Grains, who suffered from a complication of romantic tendency and very tight stays.

His boyish suspenders had been put away in favor of a belt, which was tight-drawn about his slim waist.

She took to staring out across the grounds again, and one hand drew up slowly till it was doubled into a tight-shut little fist.

It is a very simple plan, and will be perfectly tight; it is by restoring an equilibrium on both sides of the piston.

Before that time we always put rope-yarn between the lap of the boiler-plates to make the seams tight.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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