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taut

[tawt] /tɔt/
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
1275-1325; earlier taught, Middle English tought; akin to tow1
Related forms
tautly, adverb
tautness, noun
untaut, adjective
untautly, adverb
untautness, noun
Can be confused
taught, taut, taunt.
Synonyms
3. trim, trig, spruce, smart.
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British Dictionary definitions for tautness

taut

/tɔːt/
adjective
1.
tightly stretched; tense
2.
showing nervous strain; stressed
3.
(mainly nautical) in good order; neat
Derived Forms
tautly, adverb
tautness, noun
Word Origin
C14 tought; probably related to Old English togian to tow1
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Word Origin and History for tautness

taut

adj.

early 14c., tohte, possibly from tog-, past participle stem of Old English teon "to pull, drag," from Proto-Germanic *tugn, from PIE *deuk- "to lead" (see duke (n.)).

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