• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tight affected by scarcity and expensive to borrow "tight money","a tight market"
    • adj tight packed closely together "they stood in a tight little group","hair in tight curls","the pub was packed tight"
    • adj tight demanding strict attention to rules and procedures "rigorous discipline","tight security","stringent safety measures"
    • adj tight exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent "a nasty problem","a good man to have on your side in a tight situation"
    • adj tight very drunk
    • adj tight (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched "a close contest","a close election","a tight game"
    • adj tight (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity "a mean person","he left a miserly tip"
    • adj tight of such close construction as to be impermeable "a tight roof","warm in our tight little house"
    • adj tight closely constrained or constricted or constricting "tight skirts","he hated tight starched collars","fingers closed in a tight fist","a tight feeling in his chest"
    • adj tight pressed tightly together "with lips compressed"
    • adj tight securely or solidly fixed in place; rigid "the bolts are tight"
    • adj tight of textiles "a close weave","smooth percale with a very tight weave"
    • adj tight pulled or drawn tight "taut sails","a tight drumhead","a tight rope"
    • adj tight set so close together as to be invulnerable to penetration "in tight formation","a tight blockade"
    • adv tight firmly or closely "held fast to the rope","her foot was stuck fast","held tight"
    • adv tight in an attentive manner "he remained close on his guard"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Research has indicated that a tie that is on too tight can increase the risk of glaucoma in men
    • Tight tīt p. p. of Tie.
    • Tight Close, so as not to admit the passage of a liquid or other fluid; not leaky; as, a tight ship; a tight cask; a tight room; -- often used in this sense as the second member of a compound; as, water-tight; air-tight.
    • Tight Close; parsimonious; saving; as, a man tight in his dealings.
    • Tight Firmly held together; compact; not loose or open; as, tight cloth; a tight knot.
    • Tight Fitting close, or too close, to the body; as, a tight coat or other garment.
    • Tight Handy; adroit; brisk.
    • Tight Not ragged; whole; neat; tidy. "Clad very plain, but clean and tight .""I'll spin and card, and keep our children tight ."
    • Tight Not slack or loose; firmly stretched; taut; -- applied to a rope, chain, or the like, extended or stretched out.
    • Tight (Com) Pressing; stringent; not easy; firmly held; dear; -- said of money or the money market. Cf. Easy, 7.
    • Tight Somewhat intoxicated; tipsy.
    • v. t Tight To tighten.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes when you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. That's where the phrase, "goodnight, sleep tight" came from.
    • tight In billiards: Noting balls that are fast, or frozen to each other.
    • tight Noting pockets that are small for the diameter of the balls.
    • tight See the extract.
    • tight Close or closely compacted in texture or structure. So firmly compacted or put together as to be impermeable or impervious to air, gas, rain, water, etc.: as, a water-tight tank; an air-tight vessel.
    • tight Hence Trim; tidy; neat.
    • tight Expert; handy; skilful; adroit; capable.
    • tight Close; firm; as, a tight grasp; a tight knot.
    • tight Close-fitting; especially, fitting too closely because too small, narrow, or the like: as, a tight shoe; a tight coat.
    • tight Close-fisted; narrow; niggardly; parsimonious: as, a man tight in his dealings.
    • tight Tense; taut; strained or stretched so as to leave no slack: as, a tight rope.
    • tight Produced by or requiring great straining or exertion; severe: as, to get through by a tight pull; specifically, in medicine, noting a cough accompanied with a painful sense of constriction, and without expectoration; racking; hacking.
    • tight Scarce; not easily obtained or obtainable, because held firmly or tied up in some way: applied to money; hence, straitened for want of money: as, a tight money-market. [Commercial slang.]
    • tight Under the influence of strong drink; intoxicated; tipsy; “full.”
    • tight Noting the condition of the cutting edge of a saw as condensed by hammering. Also small.
    • tight To make tight; tighten.
    • tight See tite.
    • tight An old preterit of tie.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: More people are afraid of open spaces (kenophobia) than of tight spaces (claustrophobia).
    • adj Tight tīt close: compact: rigid: hampered from want of money: snug, trim: not leaky: fitting closely, also too closely: scarce, not easily obtainable:
    • v.i Tight to grow tight or tighter
    • Tight tīt (Spens.) pa.t. and pa.p. of tie.
    • adj Tight tīt (coll.) unwilling to part with money: tipsy: not loose or free in treatment
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  • Anais Nin
    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A fence should be horse high, hog tight and bull strong.”
  • Proverb
    “Wide will wear, but tight will tear.”
  • Steve Rapson
    Steve Rapson
    “When I grip the wheel too tight, I find I lose control.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Friends are like fiddle strings, they must not be screwed too tight.”
  • Judith Viorst
    Judith Viorst
    “Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket, or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.”


In a tight spot - If you're in a tight spot, you're in a difficult situation.
Tight rein - If things or people are kept on a tight rein, they are given very little freedom or controlled carefully.
Tight ship - If you run a tight ship, you control an organization or business firmly to maximise performance.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tight, thiht,; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. þēttr, Dan. tæt, Sw. tät,: akin to D. & G. dicht, thick, tight, and perhaps to E. thee, to thrive, or to thick,. Cf. Taut
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Ice. þéitr; cf. Dan. tæt, Dut. digt, Ger. dicht.


In literature:

Her fingers closed tightly over the butt.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Fortunately my boxes and cases were water-tight, or all the instruments and plates would have been damaged.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
It is reserved to our own time to demonstrate that corsets and tight lacing do not necessarily go hand in hand.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
She still held his arm tightly with both hands.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
Dele kept tight hold of the little girl's hand.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
He closed his lips tightly as a wave of anger passed through his mind.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
Brick retreated as far as possible, wedging himself so tightly between the rocks that he could scarcely move a limb.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
The oakum is forced tight enough to make a water-tight joint.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
A cask or vessel to contain water is said to be wind-tight and water-tight.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
She had been Lily's age herself, had Ma, and she enlarged upon the necessity of keeping a tight rein on Lily.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne

In poetry:

"And how does miss and madam do,
The little boy and all?"
"All tight and well. And how do you,
Good Mr. What-d'ye-call?"
"The Yearly Distress; Or, Tithing-Time At Stock In Essex" by William Cowper
The flowers seek a place nearer to her,
(She seems tight in her new bed).
The flowers know: Little Katya
A golden heart had.
"Before A Little Coffin" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
"Say, can you meet me there tonight?
Confound it, Jim, you must be tight.
What are you saying anyhow,
I've got the wrong ear by the sow?
"At The Telephone" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Her arms about the boy grew tight,
With a loving clasp, and brave;
"Hold fast! Hold fast, now, Harry dear,
And it may be God will save."
"Eliza Crossing The River" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Who rides there so late through the night dark and drear?
The father it is, with his infant so dear;
He holdeth the boy tightly clasp'd in his arm,
He holdeth him safely, he keepeth him warm.
"The Erl-King" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Ken ye how a Whig can fight, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
Ken ye how a Whig can fight, Aikendrum
He can fight the hero bright, with his heels and armour tight
And the wind of heavenly night, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
"Aikendrum" by James Hogg

In news:

Jacksonville assistant head coach/tight ends coach Mike Tice interviewed Wednesday for a job on Chicago's coaching staff.
Obama, Romney in tight race nationally.
Portugal had a tight defense and a fluid passing game but couldn't deliver in front of goal.
Tight Control and Cardiovascular Disease (Part 3): VADT.
Carrion Decay feels tightly wound within punk and hardcore.
I am anti-fullback and pro tight end.
Evan Stichler/UGA Sports Communications Georgia freshman tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith runs a drill during a recent practice.
No shortage of funds, but standards tight.
Bars and restaurants already know it: the chicken wing supply is tight this time of year.
Veteran tight end Kellen Winslow told Sirius NFL Radio on Monday morning that he has been told by the Buccaneers that his services no longer are required.
Since the All-Star break, the Lakers and Blazers have played two very tight games, one at the Rose Garden requiring overtime, the other at Staples, both Lakers wins but decided by a total of nine points.
Before the Redskins visited the Giants in Week 7, tight end Logan Paulsen had exactly zero catches in six games this season.
Our Favorite New Tights for Fall.
Cordless Drill for Tight Corners.
Living in "tight corset " of tiny home.

In science:

Although string theory follows tightly the formal techniques of quantum field theory, there is no question about axioms.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
We confirm a tight relation between stellar velocity dispersion σ and the SBF ‘fluctuation count’ parameter N , which is a luminosityweighted measure of the total number of stars in a galaxy.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
Tight degree bounds for pseudo-triangulations of points.
Computational Geometry Column 43
Finally tightness is proved using the previous bound (Section 6.3).
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
Tightness for the bidimensional path follows from the tightness of the two pro jections.
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion