tautest

taut

[tawt]
adjective, tauter, tautest.
1.
tightly drawn; tense; not slack.
2.
emotionally or mentally strained or tense: taut nerves.
3.
in good order or condition; tidy; neat.

Origin:
1275–1325; earlier taught, Middle English tought; akin to tow1

tautly, adverb
tautness, noun
untaut, adjective
untautly, adverb
untautness, noun

taught, taut, taunt.


3. trim, trig, spruce, smart.
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taut (tɔːt)
 
adj
1.  tightly stretched; tense
2.  showing nervous strain; stressed
3.  chiefly nautical in good order; neat
 
[C14 tought; probably related to Old English togian to tow1]
 
'tautly
 
adv
 
'tautness
 
n

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taut
early 14c., tohte, possibly from tog-, pp. stem of O.E. teon "to pull, drag," from P.Gmc. *tugn, from PIE *deuk- "to lead" (see duke).
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