tight: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (tīt), [key]
— adj. adv., -er, -est, -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; taut.
  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. The strikers are tight in their refusal to accept the proposed contract.
    1. close, as friends; familiar or intimate.
    2. united:The strikers are tight in their refusal to accept the proposed contract.
  11. parsimonious; stingy.
  12. drunk; tipsy.
  13. characterized by scarcity or eager demand; costly; limited; restricted: a tight job market; tight money.
  14. (of a newspaper) having more news available than is required for or utilizable in a particular issue.
  15. inside (def. 20).
  16. competent or skillful.
  17. tidy.
  18. neatly or well built or made.
  1. in a tight manner; closely; firmly; securely; tensely: Shut the door tight. The shirt fit tight across the shoulders.
  2. soundly or deeply: to sleep tight.
  3. to take no action.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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