AskDefine | Define tight

Dictionary Definition

tight adj
1 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" [ant: loose]
2 pulled or drawn tight; "taut sails"; "a tight drumhead"; "a tight rope" [syn: taut]
3 set so close together as to be invulnerable to penetration; "in tight formation"; "a tight blockade"
4 pressed tightly together; "with lips compressed" [syn: compressed]
5 used of persons or behavior; characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity; "a mean person"; "he left a miserly tip" [syn: mean, mingy, miserly]
6 affected by scarcity and expensive to borrow; "tight money"; "a tight market"
7 of such close construction as to be impermeable; "a tight roof"; "warm in our tight little house" [ant: leaky]
8 of textiles; "a close weave"; "smooth percale with a very tight weave" [syn: close]
9 securely or solidly fixed in place; rigid; "the bolts are tight"
10 (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched; "a close contest"; "a close election"; "a tight game" [syn: close]
12 exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent; "a nasty problem"; "a good man to have on your side in a tight situation" [syn: nasty]
13 demanding strict attention to rules and procedures; "rigorous discipline"; "tight security"; "stringent safety measures" [syn: rigorous, stringent]
14 packed closely together; "the stood in a tight little group"; "hair in tight curls"; "the pub was packed tight" adv
1 firmly or tightly; "held fast to the rope"; "her foot was stuck fast"; "held tight" [syn: fast]
2 in an attentive manner; "he remained close on his guard" [syn: close, closely]

User Contributed Dictionary






  1. Pushed or pulled together.
    My socks are too tight.
  2. Of a space, etc, narrow, so that it is difficult for something or someone to pass through it.
    The passageway was so tight we could barely get through.
    They flew in a tight formation.
  3. Under high tension.
    Make sure to pull the rope tight.
  4. Well-rehearsed and accurate in execution.
    Their marching band is extremely tight.
  5. Intimately friendly.
    We've grown tighter over the years.
  6. Intoxicated; drunk.
    We went drinking and got tight.
  7. Extraordinarily great or special.
    That is one tight bicycle!
  8. In the context of "slang|usually|_|derogatory": Miserly or frugal.
    He's a bit tight with his money
  9. Scarce, hard to come by.
    I grew up in a poor neighborhood; money was very tight, but we made do.
  10. A player who plays very few hands
  11. A strategy which involves playing very few hands



pushed/pulled together
See narrow
under high tension
well-rehearsed and accurate
slang: extraordinarily great or special


  1. Firmly, so as not to come loose easily.
    Make sure the lid is closed tight.
  2. Soundly.
    Good night, sleep tight.



Derived terms


  • French: bien (sleep)
  • Icelandic: rótt
    used with the imperative form of sofa: sofðu
    Sofðu rótt — Sleep tight

Extensive Definition

  • Skin-tight garment, a garment that is held to the skin by elastic tension
  • Tights, a type of leg coverings fabric extending from the waist to feet (see also pantyhose)
  • Tightlacing, the practice of wearing a tightly-laced corset
  • High and tight, a hairstyle typical in the U.S. military
  • Tight end, a position in American football on the offensive team
  • Tight your black belt hard!, a popular judo manga in Japan
  • Tight (album), an album by Mindless Self Indulgence
  • TighT, a psychedelic trance live act from KohPhangan, Thailand
  • Tight playing style, in Poker, a style of play which means to rarely call/play a hand.
  • Tightness of measures is a concept in measure theory (and probability theory) in mathematics
  • Tight, also in Poker, a nickname for a hand making up a Full House
  • Tight, in slang is synonymous with cool, awesome, sweet, dank, word, etc.(
  • Tight, is also synonymous with intoxicated, drunk (archaic)
  • Tight, in slang is also a word for a miser, for example, "He's so tight that when he opens his mouth, it's like damn."
  • "Tight," a song by The Coup from their 2001 album Party Music
  • Tight, a mathematical term, as in 'tight frame'
  • Tight, a person (typically female, although the term also applies to inexperienced homosexual men) who rarely participates in sexual activities, resulting in abnormally low-diameter sexual openings.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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