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”).
- 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.
- 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- The only negative from a comfortable first-half was the sight of Aston Villa’s Nathan Delfouneso being withdrawn with a tight hamstring after only 11 minutes.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, figurative) Intimately friendly.
- We've grown tighter over the years.
- (slang, figurative, 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.
- (slang) Extraordinarily great or special.
- That is one tight bicycle!
- (slang, British (regional)) Mean; unfair; unkind.
- 1977, Willy Russell, Our Day Out, act 1, scene 1:
- 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.
- (slang, vulgar) (of either a woman's vagina or her anus) still intact due to her still being a virgin.
- 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
Derived terms Edit
- 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
- 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.
Derived terms Edit
tight (plural and definite singular attributive tighte)
- tight (of cloths, finances, schedules)
- Synonym: stram
- (music) tight (keeping time and with musical understanding)
tight m (invariable)