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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 textiles) having little space between threads; dense
    "smooth percale with a very tight weave";
    - close
  8. Securely or solidly fixed in place; rigid
    "the bolts are tight"
  9. (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched
    "a tight game";
    - close
  10. [informal] Very drunk
    "I had travelling money and got tight in the bar downstairs";
    - besotted [archaic], blind drunk [informal], blotto [informal], crocked [N. Amer, informal], cockeyed [informal], fuddled [informal], loaded [N. Amer, informal], pie-eyed [informal], pissed [Brit, informal], pixilated [informal], plastered [informal], sloshed [informal], smashed [informal], soaked [informal], soused [informal], sozzled [informal], stiff [informal], wet [informal], lit up [slang], trolleyed [Brit, informal], mullered [Brit, informal], legless [Brit, informal], trollied [Brit, informal], bladdered [Brit, informal], screwed [informal], paralytic [Brit], stonkered [Austral, NZ, informal], fried [N. Amer, informal], swacked [N. Amer, informal], stinko [informal], hammered [informal], trashed [informal], pickled [informal], wasted [informal], stewed [informal], liquored up [N. Amer], tanked up [informal], steaming [informal], juiced [N. Amer, informal], out of it [Brit, informal], blitzed [informal], three sheets to the wind [informal], blootered [UK, dialect], bombed [informal], off one's face [Brit, informal], wrecked [Brit, informal], bevvied [Brit, informal], drunk, pixillated, half-seas-over [Brit, informal]
  11. Exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent
    "a good man to have on your side in a tight situation";
    - nasty
  12. Demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
    "tight security";
    - rigorous, stringent
  13. Packed closely together
    "they stood in a tight little group"; "hair in tight curls"; "the pub was packed tight"
  14. Of such close construction as to be impermeable
    "a tight roof"; "warm in our tight little house"
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: tighter, tightest

See also: airtight, air-tight, choky, clenched, clinched, close, closed, close-fitting, compact, demanding, difficult, dripless, drunk, equal, exacting, fine, form-fitting, gas-tight, gone, hard, hermetic, impermeable, inebriate, inebriated, intoxicated, invulnerable, leakproof, rainproof, ripped [informal], scarce, seaworthy, secure, shut, skinny, skintight, skin-tight, skunked [informal], snug, stingy [informal], tense, tightfitting, tight-fitting, ungenerous, viselike, waterproof, waterproofed, watertight

Antonym: leaky, loose

Encyclopedia: Tight