WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
tight /taɪt/USA pronunciation   adj. andadv.,  -er, -est. 
  1. firmly fixed in place;
    secure:a tight knot.
  2. drawn or stretched tense;
    taut:tight muscles.
  3. fitting closely, esp. too closely:That tight collar is choking me.
  4. difficult to deal with or manage:a tight situation.
  5. of such close texture or fit as to prevent air, water, etc., from getting through:a tight roof.
  6. firm;
    rigid:Security was tight after the bomb blast.
  7. allowing little space, time, etc., between parts;
    full:a tight schedule.
  8. nearly even;
    close:a tight race.
  9. stingy;
    not generous with money:a tight old boss who never gives raises.
  10. Slang Termsdrunk;
    tipsy:a little tight after the party.
  11. (of a market, etc.) in a condition in which demand is greater than supply:Money is tight because interest rates are high.
  12. feeling tense or painful:He said his chest felt tight, and then he had a heart attack.

  1. in a tight manner;
    securely:Shut the door tight.
  2. soundly or deeply:to sleep tight.
  1. Idiomsrun a tight ship, to be smooth and efficient, as at a company:The new boss ran a tight ship.

tight•ly, adv. : The dress fit too tightly.
tight•ness, n. [uncountable]: complained of tightness in his chest.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
tight  (tīt),USA pronunciation adj.  -er, -est, adv.,  -er, -est. 
  1. firmly or closely fixed in place;
    not easily moved;
    secure:a tight knot.
  2. drawn or stretched so as to be tense;
  3. affording little or no extra room;
    fitting closely, esp. too closely:a tight collar.
  4. difficult to deal with or manage:to be in a tight situation.
  5. of such close or compacted texture, or fitted together so closely, as to be impervious to water, air, steam, etc.:a good, tight roof.
  6. concise;
    terse:a tight style of writing.
  7. firm;
    rigid:his tight control of the company.
  8. carefully arranged or organized and full;
    affording little leeway;
    compact:a tight schedule.
  9. nearly even;
    close:a tight race.
  10. [Informal.]
    • close, as friends;
      familiar or intimate.
    • united:The strikers are tight in their refusal to accept the proposed contract.
  11. parsimonious;
  12. Slang Termsdrunk;
  13. characterized by scarcity or eager demand;
    restricted:a tight job market; tight money.
  14. Journalism(of a newspaper) having more news available than is required for or utilizable in a particular issue.
  15. Sport[Baseball.]inside (def. 20).
  16. Scottish Termscompetent or skillful.
  17. tidy.
  18. neatly or well built or made.

  1. in a tight manner;
    tensely:Shut the door tight. The shirt fit tight across the shoulders.
  2. soundly or deeply:to sleep tight.
  3. sit tight, to take no action.
tightly, adv. 
tightness, n. 
  • Old Norse thēttr (cognate with Old English -thiht firm, solid, Dutch, German dicht tight, close, dense)
  • late Middle English, sandhi variant of Middle English thight dense, solid, tight 1400–50
    • 11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged close, niggardly, mean, grasping, frugal, sparing.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

tight /taɪt/ adj
  1. stretched or drawn so as not to be loose; taut
  2. fitting or covering in a close manner
  3. held, made, fixed, or closed firmly and securely: a tight knot
  4. of close and compact construction or organization, esp so as to be impervious to water, air, etc
  5. (in combination): watertight, airtight
  6. unyielding or stringent
  7. cramped or constricted: a tight fit
  8. mean or miserly
  9. difficult and problematic: a tight situation
  10. hardly profitable: a tight bargain
  11. (of a commodity) difficult to obtain; in excess demand
  12. (of funds, money, etc) difficult and expensive to borrow because of high demand or restrictive monetary policy
  13. (of markets) characterized by excess demand or scarcity with prices tending to rise
  14. (of a match or game) very close or even
  15. (of a team or group, esp of a pop group) playing well together, in a disciplined coordinated way
  16. informal drunk
  17. informal (of a person) showing tension
  1. in a close, firm, or secure way
Etymology: 14th Century: probably variant of thight, from Old Norse thēttr close; related to Middle High German dīhte thick

ˈtightly adv ˈtightness n

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