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Tight \Tight\, a. [Compar. Tighter (t[imac]t"[~e]r); superl. Tightest.] [OE. tight, thiht; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. [thorn][=e]ttr, Dan. t[ae]t, Sw. t["a]t: akin to D. & G. dicht thick, tight, and perhaps to E. thee to thrive, or to thick. Cf. Taut.]

  1. Firmly held together; compact; not loose or open; as, tight cloth; a tight knot.

  2. 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.

  3. Fitting close, or too close, to the body; as, a tight coat or other garment.

  4. Not ragged; whole; neat; tidy.

    Clad very plain, but clean and tight.

    I'll spin and card, and keep our children tight.

  5. Close; parsimonious; saving; as, a man tight in his dealings. [Colloq.]

  6. Not slack or loose; firmly stretched; taut; -- applied to a rope, chain, or the like, extended or stretched out.

  7. Handy; adroit; brisk. [Obs.]

  8. Somewhat intoxicated; tipsy. [Slang]

  9. (Com.) Pressing; stringent; not easy; firmly held; dear; -- said of money or the money market. Cf. Easy, 7.


Tighter \Tight"er\, n. A ribbon or string used to draw clothes closer. [Obs.]


a. (en-comparative of: tight) adv. (en-comparative of: tight) n. (context obsolete or colloquial English) A ribbon or string used to draw clothes closer; a tightener.

Usage examples of "tighter".

It seemed impossible the Taraboners face could grow any tighter, yet it did, and it was the turn of the men on his side of the room to mutter angrily and curse.

Now Talene was tethered tighter than Meidani, closely guarded even if she did appear to walk free -- how to keep a Sitter prisoner without anyone noticing had been beyond even Saerin -- and she was pathetically eager to offer up every scrap she knew or even suspected in hope it might save her life, not that she had any choice.

With a gasp, Thera suddenly pulled her cloak tighter and jerked back into the depths of the tent.

He folded himself in tighter around his anger, embracing the heat for energy.

Water oaths were tighter than oaths of fealty in some ways, yet they left considerable room for stupidity in the name of honor.

Cramps began to burn in her legs, her shoulders, her sides, bunching muscles that seemed on fire, twisting tighter and tighter and tighter.

Sometimes he tugged his gauntlets tighter, or glared at his fur-lined cloak, lying across the back of a chair ready for him to put on.

With every touch, every stroke, his stomach knotted tighter and tighter.

His mouth moved against her and he held her even tighter, fitting her to him almost as if they were making love.

The strangely colored mist wound tighter and tighter until the driver was choking, gasping, turning gray, then blue, his eyes rolling back in his head.

She was shaking with need now, her muscles clenching tighter and tighter.

He brought his hands down and rubbed one on each of her legs She clasped them tighter around him and forgot a little about feeling sick.

Despite the heat, she pulled her short, thin, blue cotton cloak tighter across her shoulders.

Sister Verna pulled her heavy brown cloak tighter around her shoulders.

Taraboners face could grow any tighter, yet it did, and it was the turn of the men on his side of the room to mutter angrily and curse.