tight [tīt]
[ME, altered (prob. infl. by toght: see TAUT) < thight < OE -thight, strong, akin to ON thēttr, Ger dicht, tight, thick < IE base * tenk-, to thicken, congeal > MIr tēcht, coagulated]
1. Obs. dense
2. so close or compact in structure that water, air, etc. cannot pass through [a tight boat]
3. drawn, packed, spaced, etc. closely together [a tight weave, a tight schedule of events]
4. Dial. snug; trim; neat
5. fixed securely; held firmly; firm [a tight joint]
6. fully stretched; taut, not slack or loose
7. fitting closely, esp. too closely, so as to be uncomfortable
8. strict; restraining; severe [tight control]
9. difficult to manage: esp. in the phrase a tight corner (or squeeze, etc.), a difficult situation
10. showing tension or strain [a tight smile]
11. almost even or tied; close [a tight race]
12. of a short radius; sharp: said of a spiral, curve, turn, etc.
a) difficult to get; scarce in relation to demand: said of commodities on a market, or of money available for loans
b) characterized by such scarcity [a tight market]
14. concise; condensed: said of language, style, etc.
15. Now Chiefly Dial. well-proportioned; shapely
16. Dial. competent; capable
17. Informal stingy; parsimonious
18. Slang drunk
19. Slang intimate; familiar; friendly: usually with with
in a tight manner; esp.,
a) securely or firmly [hold tight, sit tight]
b) Informal soundly [sleep tight]
sit tight
to keep one's opinion or position and wait
SYN.- TIGHT, in this connection, implies a constricting or binding encirclement [a tight collar ] or such closeness or compactness of parts as to be impenetrable [airtight]; TAUT (and, loosely, also TIGHT) is applied to a rope, cord, cloth, etc. that is pulled or stretched to the point where there is no slackness [taut sails ]; TENSE1 suggests a tightness or tautness that results in great strain [tense muscles ] -ANT. LOOSE, SLACK2, LAX

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