- 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
Synonyms for tightSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for tightlytight, hard, strongly, thoroughly, rigidly, tightly, soundly, securely, solidly, close, fast, firm, firmly, deeply, steadfastly, inflexibly, solid, steadily, substantially, enduringly
Examples from the Web for tightly
Contemporary Examples of tightly
That was accomplished by cops such as the one whose picture was clutched so tightly by his widow on Sunday.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
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
She checks the buttons to make sure that they are all tightly fastened.Acid Attacks on Women Spread Terror in Iran
October 18, 2014
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
August 3, 2014
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
July 23, 2014
Historical Examples of tightly
He did not heed her warning, but drew her into the shadow and held her tightly to him.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Put the mixture into a stone jug, or a demijohn, and cork it tightly.
Pour in the pudding, and tie it tightly, leaving room for it to swell.
He laid his hands upon his collar as he spoke, and grasped it; tightly too.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
No, no, he could not divest himself of that gown which clung so tightly to his flesh.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- 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 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