Definitions for tightness

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tighttaɪt(adj.; adv.)-er, -est.

  1. (adj.)firmly or closely fixed in place; secure:

    a tight knot.

  2. drawn or stretched so as to be tense; taut.

  3. fitting closely, esp. too closely:

    a tight collar.

  4. difficult to deal with or manage:

    a tight situation.

  5. of such close texture or fit as to be impervious to water, air, etc.:

    a tight roof.

  6. concise; terse.

  7. firm; rigid:

    tight control.

  8. affording little leeway; full:

    a tight schedule.

  9. nearly even; close:

    a tight race.

  10. parsimonious; stingy.

  11. Slang. drunk; tipsy.

    Category: Status (usage)

  12. characterized by scarcity or demand that exceeds supply:

    a tight job market; tight money.

  13. tidy; orderly.

  14. neatly or well built or made.

  15. (adv.)in a tight manner; closely; securely:

    Shut the door tight.

  16. soundly or deeply:

    to sleep tight.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Idioms for tight:

  1. run a tight ship,to maintain smooth efficiency, as in a company.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of tight:

1400–50; late ME, sandhi var. of ME thight dense, solid, tight < ON thēttr, c. OE -thiht firm, solid, MD, MLG dicht


Princeton's WordNet

  1. stringency, tightness(noun)

    a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit

  2. constriction, tightness(noun)

    a tight feeling in some part of the body

    "he felt a constriction in her chest"; "she felt an alarming tightness in her chest"; "emotion caused a constriction of his throat"

  3. concentration, density, denseness, tightness, compactness(noun)

    the spatial property of being crowded together

  4. meanness, minginess, niggardliness, niggardness, parsimony, parsimoniousness, tightness, tightfistedness, closeness(noun)

    extreme stinginess

  5. tightness, tautness(noun)

    lack of movement or room for movement


  1. tightness(Noun)

    The quality or degree of being tight

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tightness(noun)

    the quality or condition of being tight

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