tight

[tahyt]
adjective, tighter, tightest.
1.
firmly or closely fixed in place; not easily moved; secure: a tight knot.
2.
drawn or stretched so as to be tense; taut.
3.
affording little or no extra room; fitting closely, especially 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.
a.
close, as friends; familiar or intimate.
b.
united: The strikers are tight in their refusal to accept the proposed contract.
11.
parsimonious; stingy.
12.
Slang. drunk; tipsy.
13.
characterized by scarcity or eager demand; costly; limited; 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.
Baseball. inside ( def 18 ).
16.
Scot. and North England. competent or skillful.
17.
18.
neatly or well built or made.
adverb, tighter, tightest.
19.
in a tight manner; closely; firmly; securely; tensely: Shut the door tight. The shirt fit tight across the shoulders.
20.
soundly or deeply: to sleep tight.
Idioms
21.
sit tight, to take no action.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English, sandhi variant of Middle English thight dense, solid, tight < Old Norse thēttr (cognate with Old English -thiht firm, solid, Dutch, German dicht tight, close, dense)

tightly, adverb
tightness, noun
overtight, adjective
overtightly, adverb
overtightness, noun


11. close, niggardly, mean, grasping, frugal, sparing.
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tight (taɪt)
 
adj
1.  stretched or drawn so as not to be loose; taut: a tight cord
2.  fitting or covering in a close manner: a tight dress
3.  held, made, fixed, or closed firmly and securely: a tight knot
4.  a.  of close and compact construction or organization, esp so as to be impervious to water, air, etc
 b.  (in combination): watertight; airtight
5.  unyielding or stringent: to keep a tight hold on resources
6.  cramped or constricted: a tight fit
7.  mean or miserly
8.  difficult and problematic: a tight situation
9.  hardly profitable: a tight bargain
10.  economics
 a.  (of a commodity) difficult to obtain; in excess demand
 b.  (of funds, money, etc) difficult and expensive to borrow because of high demand or restrictive monetary policy
 c.  Compare easy (of markets) characterized by excess demand or scarcity with prices tending to rise
11.  (of a match or game) very close or even
12.  (of a team or group, esp of a pop group) playing well together, in a disciplined coordinated way
13.  informal drunk
14.  informal (of a person) showing tension
15.  archaic, dialect or neat
 
adv
16.  in a close, firm, or secure way: pull it tight
17.  sit tight
 a.  to wait patiently; bide one's time
 b.  to maintain one's position, stand, or opinion firmly
18.  sleep tight to sleep soundly
 
[C14: probably variant of thight, from Old Norse thēttr close; related to Middle High German dīhte thick]
 
'tightly
 
adv
 
'tightness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

tight
c.1435, "dense, close, compact," from M.E. thight, from O.N. þettr "watertight, close in texture, solid," from P.Gmc. *thenkhtuz (cf. second element in O.E. meteþiht "stout from eating;" M.H.G. dihte "dense, thick," Ger. dicht "dense, tight," O.H.G. gidigan, Ger. gediegen "genuine, solid,
worthy"), from PIE base *tenk- "to become firm, curdle, thicken" (cf. Ir. techt "curdled, coagulated," Lith. tankus "close, tight," Pers. tang "tight," Skt. tanakti "draws together, contracts"). Sense of "drawn, stretched" is from 1576; meaning "fitting closely" (as of garments) is from 1779; that of "evenly matched" (of a contest, bargain, etc.) is from 1828, Amer.Eng.; that of "drunk" is from 1830; that of "close, sympathetic" is from 1956. Tightrope is recorded from 1801. Tight-assed "unwilling to relax" is attested from 1903. Tight-laced is recorded from 1741 in both the lit. and fig. senses. Tight-lipped is first attested 1876.
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Example sentences
Cook the meat long and slow, tightly covered to retain moisture.
When you are back at the top, go one more time around the frame, then twist
  running wire and the tail together tightly.
Wrap the shorter wire tightly around the neck of the globe and, with pliers,
  twist firmly.
Tie the bootlace tightly around the tops of the poles.
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