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Meaning & Definition of Tight in English

English

Tight

/taɪt/

adjective

1. Closely constrained or constricted or constricting

  • "Tight skirts"
  • "He hated tight starched collars"
  • "Fingers closed in a tight fist"
  • "A tight feeling in his chest"
    synonym:
  • tight

2. Pulled or drawn tight

  • "Taut sails"
  • "A tight drumhead"
  • "A tight rope"
    synonym:
  • taut
  • ,
  • tight

3. Set so close together as to be invulnerable to penetration

  • "In tight formation"
  • "A tight blockade"
    synonym:
  • tight

4. Pressed tightly together

  • "With lips compressed"
    synonym:
  • compressed
  • ,
  • tight

5. (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity

  • "A mean person"
  • "He left a miserly tip"
    synonym:
  • mean
  • ,
  • mingy
  • ,
  • miserly
  • ,
  • tight

6. Affected by scarcity and expensive to borrow

  • "Tight money"
  • "A tight market"
    synonym:
  • tight

7. Of such close construction as to be impermeable

  • "A tight roof"
  • "Warm in our tight little house"
    synonym:
  • tight

8. Of textiles

  • "A close weave"
  • "Smooth percale with a very tight weave"
    synonym:
  • close
  • ,
  • tight

9. Securely or solidly fixed in place

  • Rigid
  • "The bolts are tight"
    synonym:
  • tight

10. (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched

  • "A close contest"
  • "A close election"
  • "A tight game"
    synonym:
  • close
  • ,
  • tight

11. Very drunk

    synonym:
  • besotted
  • ,
  • blind drunk
  • ,
  • blotto
  • ,
  • crocked
  • ,
  • cockeyed
  • ,
  • fuddled
  • ,
  • loaded
  • ,
  • pie-eyed
  • ,
  • pissed
  • ,
  • pixilated
  • ,
  • plastered
  • ,
  • slopped
  • ,
  • sloshed
  • ,
  • smashed
  • ,
  • soaked
  • ,
  • soused
  • ,
  • sozzled
  • ,
  • squiffy
  • ,
  • stiff
  • ,
  • tight
  • ,
  • wet

12. Exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent

  • "A nasty problem"
  • "A good man to have on your side in a tight situation"
    synonym:
  • nasty
  • ,
  • tight

13. Demanding strict attention to rules and procedures

  • "Rigorous discipline"
  • "Tight security"
  • "Stringent safety measures"
    synonym:
  • rigorous
  • ,
  • stringent
  • ,
  • tight

14. Packed closely together

  • "They stood in a tight little group"
  • "Hair in tight curls"
  • "The pub was packed tight"
    synonym:
  • tight

adverb

1. Firmly or closely

  • "Held fast to the rope"
  • "Her foot was stuck fast"
  • "Held tight"
    synonym:
  • fast
  • ,
  • tight

2. In an attentive manner

  • "He remained close on his guard"
    synonym:
  • close
  • ,
  • closely
  • ,
  • tight

Examples of using

Screw it in tight.
With his mother very sick and a tight deadline at work, Tom has a lot on his plate at the moment.
The boots are tight around the calf.