taut

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English taught, toȝt ‎(tight, distended), probably past participle of towen, toȝen ‎(to tow, pull). Cognate with Scots tacht ‎(taut).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

taut ‎(comparative tauter, superlative tautest)

  1. Tight; under tension, as in a rope or bow string.
  2. Experiencing stress or anxiety.
    • 1989 Faye Kellerman, The Quality of Mercy
      His outward appearance was calm, but inside he was very taut.
  3. Containing only relevant parts, brief and controlled.
    • 2007 Milton C. Sernett, Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory and History
      Quick action and dialogue create a taut story, although it is illustration that shapes the characters.

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SynonymsEdit

tense


GermanEdit

VerbEdit

taut

  1. Third-person singular present of tauen.
  2. Second-person plural present of tauen.
  3. Imperative plural of tauen.

HungarianEdit

EtymologyEdit

tau +‎ -t

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɒut/
  • Hyphenation: ta‧ut

NounEdit

taut

  1. accusative singular of tau
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