I UK [taɪt] / US adjective
Word forms "tight":
adjective tight comparative tighter superlative tightest
a) clothes that are tight are close against your body when you wear them

a tight skirt/dress

b) used about clothes that are uncomfortable because they are so close against your body

The first hat was a bit tight.

a) a tight hold or grip is very firm and strong

She hugged Marco in a tight grip.

b) firmly fastened in a particular position

She had twisted her hair into a tight knot.

The screw was so tight I couldn't turn it.

3) something such as cloth or rope that is tight is stretched so that it is completely straight or flat
a) controlled very carefully and strictly

Security has been very tight throughout the Prince's visit.

It was politically desirable to have a tight economic policy.

tight control of costs

b) done with a lot of skill and care so that mistakes are not made

a tight performance by the cast

They kept things tight for the first half of the game.

5) if money is tight, you have only just enough
a tight budget:

holidays for people on a tight budget

money is tight/things are tight:

Things will be a little tight for a few months.

a) if time is tight, you have so little time that it is difficult for you to do what you need to

If time is tight, cook the chicken the day before.

a tight schedule/deadline/timetable:

We're going to be working to a very tight schedule.

b) if space is tight, you have only just enough

You can just about park here, but it's pretty tight.

a tight squeeze (= a situation in which there is only just enough space):

It's a tight squeeze for all of you in our little house.

6) a tight voice or expression shows that you are nervous or annoyed

He gave her a tight smile.

7) if your chest or another part of your body feels tight, it feels as if it is being squeezed

His throat was too tight to allow the words to escape.

8) a tight angle is a very small angle that gives you very little space to do something
9) a tight bend on a road is difficult to drive round because it curves a lot
10) consisting of people or things that are very close together

a tight bundle of sticks

11) if a game is tight, both players or teams play well and it is difficult to know who will win
12) a tight group of people have a close relationship with each other
13) informal, showing disapproval someone who is tight likes to avoid spending money
14) informal old-fashioned drunk

keep a tight grip/rein/hold on something — to control something in a very strict way

The company needs to keep a tight hold on costs this month.

a tight corner/spot/situation — a difficult situation

She can usually talk her way out of tight corners.

Derived words:

Keep the windows tightly closed.

The campaign had been tightly controlled from start to finish.

The skirt fits a little too tightly around the waist.

noun uncountable
II UK [taɪt] / US adverb
Word forms "tight":
comparative tighter superlative tightest
very firmly
shut/close something tight:

She covered her ears and shut her eyes tight.

hold (on) tight:

She held on tight to the railing.

Hold on tight to the rope.

tight against/across/around something:

His left arm was jammed tight against the seat.

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