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Etymology edit

From tight +‎ -ly.

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tightly (comparative tightlier or more tightly, superlative tightliest or most tightly)

  1. In a tight manner.
    tightly clenched fingers
    Antonym: loosely
    • 2003, Linkin Park (lyrics and music), “Breaking the Habit”, in Meteora:
      Clutching my cure / I tightly lock the door / I try to catch my breath again
  2. (of speech) Curtly in a way that suggests anger or other intense emotion is being contained.

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