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Adjective: tight (tighter,tightest)  tIt
  1. Closely constrained, constricted or constricting
    "tight skirts"; "he hated tight starched collars"; "fingers closed in a tight fist"; "a tight feeling in his chest"
     
  2. Pulled or drawn tight
    "a tight drumhead";
    - taut
     
  3. Set so close together as to be invulnerable to penetration
    "in tight formation"; "a tight blockade"
     
  4. Pressed tightly together
    "with lips tight";
    - compressed
     
  5. (used of persons or behaviour) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
    "a tight person";
    - mean, mingy, miserly
     
  6. (economics) affected by scarcity and expensive to borrow
    "tight money"; "a tight market"
     
  7. Of such close construction as to be impermeable
    "a tight roof"; "warm in our tight little house"
     
  8. (of textiles) having little space between threads; dense
    "smooth percale with a very tight weave";
    - close
     
  9. Securely or solidly fixed in place; rigid
    "the bolts are tight"
     
  10. (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched
    "a tight game";
    - close
     
  11. 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, squiffy, stiff, wet, stinko, fried [N. Amer], bladdered [Brit], wasted, lit, swacked [N. Amer], juiced [N. Amer], paralytic [Brit], stonkered [Austral, NZ], hammered, out of it [Brit], liquored up [N. Amer], tanked up, mullered [Brit], trolleyed [Brit], blitzed, trashed, legless [Brit], steaming, three sheets to the wind, stewed, bombed, pickled, bevvied [Brit], drunk, pixillated, squiffed, half-seas-over [Brit]
     
  12. Exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent
    "a good man to have on your side in a tight situation";
    - nasty
     
  13. Demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
    "tight security";
    - rigorous, stringent
     
  14. Packed closely together
    "they stood in a tight little group"; "hair in tight curls"; "the pub was packed tight"
Adverb: tight  tIt
  1. Firmly or closely
    "held tight";
    - fast
     
  2. 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, 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

Encyclopedia: Tight