From Middle English tight, tyght, tyȝt, tiht, variants of thight, thiht, from Old English *þiht, *þīht (attested in meteþiht), from Proto-West Germanic *þį̄ht(ī), from Proto-Germanic *þinhtaz, from Proto-Indo-European *tenkt- (“dense, thick, tight”), from Proto-Indo-European *ten- (“to stretch, pull”).
Cognate with Scots ticht, West Frisian ticht, Danish tæt, Icelandic þéttur (“dense”), Norwegian tett, Swedish tät, Dutch dicht (“dense”), German dicht (“dense”).
tight (comparative tighter, superlative tightest)
- Firmly held together; compact; not loose or open.
- a tight sponge; a tight knot
- Unyielding or firm.
- tight control on a situation; tight clothing
- Under high tension; taut.
- Make sure to pull the rope tight.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 17, in The China Governess:
- The face which emerged was not reassuring. It was blunt and grey, the nose springing thick and flat from high on the frontal bone of the forehead, whilst his eyes were narrow slits of dark in a tight bandage of tissue. […] .
- 2011 November 10, Jeremy Wilson, “England Under 21 5 Iceland Under 21 0: match report”, in Telegraph:
- The only negative from a comfortable first-half was the sight of Aston Villa’s Nathan Delfouneso being withdrawn with a tight hamstring after only 11 minutes.
- (colloquial) Scarce, hard to come by.
- I grew up in a poor neighborhood; money was very tight, but we made do.
- (colloquial, figuratively) Intimately friendly.
- We've grown tighter over the years.
- (slang, figuratively, usually derogatory) Miserly or frugal.
- He's a bit tight with his money.
- 1995, Jewel (lyrics and music), “Who Will Save Your Soul”:
- You say he's a Jew, does it mean that he's tight?
- (of a space, design or arrangement) Narrow, such that it is difficult for something or someone to pass through it.
- The passageway was so tight we could barely get through.
- They flew in a tight formation.
- 2020 September 5, David Hytner, “Raheem Sterling keeps his cool to see off Iceland amid blaze of late drama”, in The Guardian:
- England squeezed high and dominated the ball, penning Iceland back but the hosts kept the lines tight and it became clear that England would have to work for their openings.
- Fitting close, or too close, to the body.
- a tight coat; My socks are too tight.
- Of a turn, sharp, so that the timeframe for making it is narrow and following it is difficult.
- The mountain pass was made dangerous by its many tight corners.
- Lacking holes; difficult to penetrate; waterproof.
- 1965, MotorBoating, page 145:
- He reported the hull was tight and secure and did not leak a drop.
- 2014 November 27, Ian Black, “Courts kept busy as Jordan works to crush support for Isis”, in The Guardian:
- Security is tight inside and outside the building, guarded by a bewildering collection of soldiers, policemen and gendarmes. Relatives watch as prisoners in handcuffs and leg irons shuffle past.
- Well-rehearsed and accurate in execution.
- Their marching band is extremely tight.
- (sports) Not conceding many goals.
- 2014 October 18, Paul Doyle, “Southampton hammer eight past hapless Sunderland in barmy encounter”, in The Guardian:
- The odd thing was that Sunderland made the better start and showed early signs that they might pose serious problems to the Premier League’s tightest defence.
- (slang) Intoxicated; drunk or acting like being drunk.
- We went drinking and got tight.
- 1940, Effie Butler, Misbehaving Husbands:
- I'm going to celebrate my divorce! And then I'm going to get tight.
- 1980 , Ian Fleming, chapter 3, in The Spy Who Loved Me, →ISBN, page 38:
- And then he insisted on champagne for dinner and by the time we got to our little cinema we were both rather tight.
- 2001, Gaelic Storm, Johnny Tarr (on the album Tree):
- Johnny walked into the Castle Bar, looking to get tight.
- (slang) Extraordinarily great or special.
- That is one tight bicycle!
- (slang, British (regional)) Mean; unfair; unkind.
- 1977, Willy Russell, Our Day Out, Act One, Scene One:
- Reilly: Ey, Miss, hang on, hang on... can we come with y', Miss? Can we?
Digga: Go on, Miss, don't be tight, let's come.
- 2001, Kevin Sampson, Outlaws, page 244:
- "Ah leave him, ay!" goes one of the girls. "Don't be tight." I turns to her. "Don't you think it's tight terrorising old ladies? Ay?"
- 2011, Andrew Hicks, Thai Girl: A story of the one who said 'no', unnumbered page:
- "That's right ... so even when life's a grind, the Thais keep smiling. They think the farang are a miserable lot who have to get drunk to enjoy themselves."
"Dutch, that's tight mate, I mean what's wrong with getting pissed. When you're not working, you gotta have a good time," said Darren.
- (of time) Limited or restricted.
- We had a very tight schedule.
- 2022 January 12, Paul Bigland, “Fab Four: the nation's finest stations: Eastbourne”, in RAIL, number 948, page 26:
- It is kept super-clean by helpful staff who still find the time to help customers with tight connections.
- (obsolete) Not ragged; whole; neat; tidy.
- 1685 November 5 (Gregorian calendar), John Evelyn, “[Diary entry for 26 October 1685]”, in William Bray, editor, Memoirs, Illustrative of the Life and Writings of John Evelyn, […], 2nd edition, volume I, London: Henry Colburn, […]; and sold by John and Arthur Arch, […], published 1819, →OCLC:
- clad very plain, but clean and tight
- 1714, John Gay, The What D'ye Call It:
- I'll spin and card, and keep our children tight.
- 1887, W. S. Gilbert, Ruddigore:
- Richard: But here she comes! [...] (Enter Rose — he is much struck by her.) By the Port Admiral, but she's a tight little craft!
- 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter IX, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, →OCLC:
- “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; and she looked it, always trim and trig and smooth of surface like a converted yacht cleared for action. ¶ Near her wandered her husband […] from time to time squinting sideways, as usual, in the ever-renewed expectation that he might catch a glimpse of his stiff, retroussé moustache.
- (obsolete) Handy; adroit; brisk.
- (poker) Of a player, who plays very few hands. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (poker) Using a strategy which involves playing very few hands. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (informal, of persons) Intimate, close, close-knit.
- Synonym: thick as thieves
- (US, slang, motor racing) A car with understeer, primarily used to describe NASCAR stock cars.
- (United States (regional), slang) Angry or irritated.
- 2016, Cardi B, Washpoppin:
- "I was trying to be like a lady, but y'all be getting me tight!"
- (firmly held together): close, serried (of ranks); see also Thesaurus:tight
- (pushed/pulled together): crowded, dense; see also Thesaurus:compact
- (under high tension): taut, tense, under tension; see also Thesaurus:taut
- (miserly or frugal): niggardly, parsimonious; see also Thesaurus:stingy
- (narrow): narrow; see also Thesaurus:narrow
- (fitting close to the body): figure-hugging, snug, tight-fitting; see also Thesaurus:close-fitting
- (well-rehearsed and accurate): polished, precise; see also Thesaurus:meticulous
- (intimately friendly): close, close-knit, intimate
- (slang: intoxicated): blotto, plastered; see also Thesaurus:drunk
- (slang: extraordinarily great or special): ace, cool, fab, rad, slick; see also Thesaurus:excellent
- (slang: mean; unfair; unkind): see also Thesaurus:mean
- (not ragged): ruly, shipshape, trim; see also Thesaurus:orderly
- (handy; adroit; brisk): crafty, dexterous, skilful; see also Thesaurus:skilled
- (firmly held together): baggy (of clothing or other material), loose, sagging, saggy, slack; see also Thesaurus:loose
- (pushed/pulled together):
- (under high tension): loose, relaxed, slack; see also Thesaurus:careless
- (miserly or frugal): generous, prodigal, scattergood; see also Thesaurus:generous or Thesaurus:prodigal
- (narrow): broad, capacious, open, roomy, spacious, wide; see also Thesaurus:wide
- (well-rehearsed and accurate): slack, slapdash, sloppy
- (slang: intoxicated): clearheaded, on the wagon; see also Thesaurus:sober
- (slang: extraordinarily great or special): crap, naff, pathetic, rubbish; see also Thesaurus:bad
- (slang: mean; unfair; unkind): nice, pleasant; see also Thesaurus:kindly
- (not ragged): unruly, messy; see also Thesaurus:disorderly
- (handy; adroit; brisk): bungling, maladroit, unskilful; see also Thesaurus:unskilled
- as tight as a duck's arse, tight as a duck's arse
- as tight as a gnat's chuff, tight as a gnat's chuff
- in tight
- keep a tight rein on
- tight as a drum
- tight as a tick
- tight closure
- tight end
- tight lattice
- tighty whities
tight (comparative tighter, superlative tightest)
- Firmly, so as not to come loose easily.
- Make sure the lid is closed tight.
- 1934, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in Murder on the Orient Express, London: HarperCollins, published 2017, page 100:
- 'I had my eyes tight shut.'
- Good night, sleep tight.
tight (third-person singular simple present tights, present participle tighting, simple past and past participle tighted)
From English tight. Doublet of tæt.
tight (plural and definite singular attributive tighte)
- tight (of cloths, finances, schedules)
- Synonym: stram
- (music) tight (keeping time and with musical understanding)
- “tight” in Den Danske Ordbog
Pseudo-anglicism, from English tight.
tight m (invariable)
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