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 tightly
That was accomplished by cops such as the one whose picture was clutched so tightly by his widow on Sunday.
They lifted her up, and when they saw that she was laced too tightly, they cut the stay lace in two.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her|The Brothers Grimm|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She checks the buttons to make sure that they are all tightly fastened.
Three feet of tightly packed earth was then added on top of the roof.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive|Clive Irving|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Reality shows are as tightly storylined and produced as drama, the genre they displaced.‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ Loses a Leg in Sixth-Season Finale|Tim Teeman|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I looked intently, and it seemed to me that what I saw was a corpse, tightly swathed in grave-clothes.The Treasure of the Tigris|A. F. Mockler Ferryman
The door was of sheet-iron, and it was tightly closed and barred.The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview|Ralph Bonehill
An instant later a tightly packed flock of frightened sheep crowded into the shed.Men Called Him Master|Elwyn Allen Smith
Only, while we are travelling, do be careful not to squeeze too tightly; it rumples her stock.Amy in Acadia|Helen Leah Reed
Their camp outfits were tightly tied in water-proof bags, and securely fastened to the saddles of the steeds.Two Boy Gold Miners|Frank V. Webster
British Dictionary definitions for tightly
- 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 tightly
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 tightly
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