Yet they saw how straitly Sir Tristram held himself, and made not much of his meeting with her and did not seek her company.
Tell me, Wanderer, what is it that thou dost seek so straitly?
But after the first night that they be lain by, they keep them so straitly that they be not so hardy to speak with no man.
He was straitly forbidden to drop anchor in any water of Hispaniola.
Then he went away, leaving me after straitly forbidding me to follow him.
We charge the consciences of one and all straitly with this matter.
And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.
Mrs. Chapel was dismissed and straitly charged never to return.
Master Clarke and Anthony Dalaber are in their hands, and will be straitly examined.
When he was gone, Gugemar tore the hem from his shirt, and bound it straitly about his wound.
mid-14c., "narrow, confined space or place," specifically of bodies of water from late 14c., noun use of adjective strait "narrow, strict" (late 13c.), from Old French estreit (French étroit) "tight, close, narrow" (also used as a noun), from Latin strictus, past participle of stringere "bind or draw tight" (see strain (v.)).
Sense of "difficulty, plight" (usually straits) first recorded 1540s. Strait and narrow "conventional way of life" is recorded from mid-14c. (see straight (adj.2)).
A narrow passage, such as the upper or lower opening of the pelvic canal.