Adjective: tight (tighter,tightest) tIt
Adverb: tight tIt
- Closely constrained, constricted or constricting
"tight skirts"; "he hated tight starched collars"; "fingers closed in a tight fist"; "a tight feeling in his chest"
- Pulled or drawn tight
"a tight drumhead";
- Set so close together as to be invulnerable to penetration
"in tight formation"; "a tight blockade"
- Pressed tightly together
"with lips tight";
- (used of persons or behaviour) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
"a tight person";
- mean, mingy, miserly
- (economics) 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"
- (of textiles) having little space between threads; dense
"smooth percale with a very tight weave";
- Securely or solidly fixed in place; rigid
"the bolts are tight"
- (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched
"a tight game";
- Very drunk
"I had travelling money and got tight in the bar downstairs";
- besotted [archaic], blind drunk, blotto, crocked [N. Amer], cockeyed, fuddled, loaded [N. Amer], pie-eyed, pixilated, plastered, slopped, sloshed, smashed, soaked, soused, sozzled, stiff, wet, pickled, legless [Brit], blitzed, trashed, hammered, stinko, wasted, stonkered [Austral, NZ], mullered [Brit], trolleyed [Brit], paralytic [Brit], out of it [Brit], bombed, fried [N. Amer], tanked up, juiced [N. Amer], bladdered [Brit], liquored up [N. Amer], swacked [N. Amer], steaming, three sheets to the wind, stewed, blootered [UK, dialect], bevvied [Brit], drunk, pixillated, half-seas-over [Brit]
- Exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent
"a good man to have on your side in a tight situation";
- Demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
- rigorous, stringent
- Packed closely together
"they stood in a tight little group"; "hair in tight curls"; "the pub was packed tight"
- Firmly or closely
- In an attentive manner
"he remained tight on his guard";
- close, closely
Derived forms: tightest, tighter
See also: airtight, air-tight, choky, clenched, clinched, close, closed, close-fitting, compact, demanding, difficult, dripless, drunk, equal, exacting, fine, form-fitting, gas-tight, hard, hermetic, impermeable, inebriate, inebriated, intoxicated, invulnerable, leakproof, rainproof, scarce, seaworthy, secure, shut, skinny, skintight, skin-tight, snug, stingy, tense, tight fitting, tightfitting, tight-fitting, tightly fitting, ungenerous, viselike, waterproof, waterproofed, watertight
Antonym: leaky, loose