Tight - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |taɪt|  American pronunciation of the word tight
Brit.  |taɪt|  British pronunciation of the word tight


- pulled or drawn tight (syn: taut)
a tight drumhead
a tight rope
- set so close together as to be invulnerable to penetration
in tight formation
a tight blockade
- pressed tightly together (syn: compressed)
- (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity (syn: mean, mingy, miserly)
- affected by scarcity and expensive to borrow
tight money
a tight market
- of textiles (syn: close)
smooth percale with a very tight weave
- securely or solidly fixed in place; rigid
the bolts are tight
- (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched (syn: close)
a tight game
- very drunk (syn: besotted, blotto, cockeyed, crocked, fuddled, loaded, pie-eyed, pissed, pixilated, plastered, smashed, soused, sozzled, squiffy, stiff, wet)
- exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent (syn: nasty)
a good man to have on your side in a tight situation
- demanding strict attention to rules and procedures (syn: rigorous, stringent)
tight security
- packed closely together
they stood in a tight little group
hair in tight curls
the pub was packed tight


- firmly or closely (syn: fast)
held tight
- in an attentive manner (syn: close, closely)

Extra examples

The lid is too tight. I can't loosen it.

She made a tight knot in the rope.

Keep a tight grip on his hand when you cross the street.

Pull the ribbon tight and make a bow.

Is the door shut tight?

She screwed the cap on tight.

Don't close the lid so tight.

We were packed as tight as sardines on the bus.

It will take a tighter workman than I am for this task.

You may fix this detail without any trouble, and be sure that it is tight.

Every boy needs a good tight hand over him.

I was very tight with him for a long time.

She always dressed very tight.

The door was shut tight.

My shoes were so tight that I could hardly walk.

Word forms

comparative: tighter
superlative: tightest
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