Definition of 'tight'
Firmly or closely; "held fast to the rope"; "her foot was stuck fast"; "held tight" [syn: fast, tight]
Closely constrained or constricted or constricting; "tight skirts"; "he hated tight starched collars"; "fingers closed in a tight fist"; "a tight feeling in his chest" [ant: loose]
Pulled or drawn tight; "taut sails"; "a tight drumhead"; "a tight rope" [syn: taut, tight]
Set so close together as to be invulnerable to penetration; "in tight formation"; "a tight blockade"
Pressed tightly together; "with lips compressed" [syn: compressed, tight]
(used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity; "a mean person"; "he left a miserly tip" [syn: mean, mingy, miserly, tight]
Affected by scarcity and expensive to borrow; "tight money"; "a tight market"
Of such close construction as to be impermeable; "a tight roof"; "warm in our tight little house" [ant: leaky]
Of textiles; "a close weave"; "smooth percale with a very tight weave" [syn: close, tight]
Securely or solidly fixed in place; rigid; "the bolts are tight"
(of a contest or contestants) evenly matched; "a close contest"; "a close election"; "a tight game" [syn: close, tight]
Very drunk [syn: besotted, blind drunk, blotto, crocked, cockeyed, fuddled, loaded, pie-eyed, pissed, pixilated, plastered, slopped, sloshed, smashed, soaked, soused, sozzled, squiffy, stiff, tight, wet]
Exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent; "a nasty problem"; "a good man to have on your side in a tight situation" [syn: nasty, tight]
Demanding strict attention to rules and procedures; "rigorous discipline"; "tight security"; "stringent safety measures" [syn: rigorous, stringent, tight]
Packed closely together; "they stood in a tight little group"; "hair in tight curls"; "the pub was packed tight"
- Tie \Tie\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tied(Obs. Tight); p. pr. & vb. n. Tying.] [OE. ti?en, teyen, AS. t[imac]gan, ti['e]gan, fr. te['a]g, te['a]h, a rope; akin to Icel. taug, and AS. te['o]n to draw, to pull. See Tug, v. t., and cf. Tow to drag.]
- 1. To fasten with a band or cord and knot; to bind. "Tie the kine to the cart." --1 Sam. vi. 7. [1913 Webster]
- My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. --Prov. vi. 20,21. [1913 Webster]
- 2. To form, as a knot, by interlacing or complicating a cord; also, to interlace, or form a knot in; as, to tie a cord to a tree; to knit; to knot. "We do not tie this knot with an intention to puzzle the argument." --Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster]
- 3. To unite firmly; to fasten; to hold. [1913 Webster]
- In bond of virtuous love together tied. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster]
- 4. To hold or constrain by authority or moral influence, as by knotted cords; to oblige; to constrain; to restrain; to confine. [1913 Webster]
- Not tied to rules of policy, you find Revenge less sweet than a forgiving mind. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
- 5. (Mus.) To unite, as notes, by a cross line, or by a curved line, or slur, drawn over or under them. [1913 Webster]
- 6. To make an equal score with, in a contest; to be even with. [1913 Webster]
- To ride and tie. See under Ride.
- To tie down. (a) To fasten so as to prevent from rising. (b) To restrain; to confine; to hinder from action.
- To tie up, to confine; to restrain; to hinder from motion or action. [1913 Webster]
- Tight \Tight\ (t[imac]t), obs. p. p. of Tie. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
- Tight \Tight\, a. [Compar. Tighter (t[imac]t"[~e]r); superl. Tightest.] [OE. tight, thiht; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. [thorn][=e]ttr, Dan. t[ae]t, Sw. t[aum]t: akin to D. & G. dicht thick, tight, and perhaps to E. thee to thrive, or to thick. Cf. Taut.]
- 1. Firmly held together; compact; not loose or open; as, tight cloth; a tight knot. [1913 Webster]
- 2. Close, so as not to admit the passage of a liquid or other fluid; not leaky; as, a tight ship; a tight cask; a tight room; -- often used in this sense as the second member of a compound; as, water-tight; air-tight. [1913 Webster]
- 3. Fitting close, or too close, to the body; as, a tight coat or other garment. [1913 Webster]
- 4. Not ragged; whole; neat; tidy. [1913 Webster]
- Clad very plain, but clean and tight. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]
- I'll spin and card, and keep our children tight. --Gay. [1913 Webster]
- 5. Close; parsimonious; saving; as, a man tight in his dealings. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]
- 6. Not slack or loose; firmly stretched; taut; -- applied to a rope, chain, or the like, extended or stretched out. [1913 Webster]
- 7. Handy; adroit; brisk. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
- 8. Somewhat intoxicated; tipsy. [Slang] [1913 Webster]
- 9. (Com.) Pressing; stringent; not easy; firmly held; dear; -- said of money or the money market. Cf. Easy, 7. [1913 Webster]
- Tight \Tight\, v. t. To tighten. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
Words containing 'Tight'
- compressed tight,
- hold tight,
- sit tight,
- tight end,
- tight fitting,
- tight lipped,
- tight money,
- tight spot,
- tight squeeze,
- tightly fitting,
- tightly knit,
- stick-tight flea