Pronunciation: (tīt), [key]
adj. -er, -est,
adv., -er, -est.

1. firmly or closely fixed in place; not easily moved; secure: a tight knot.
2. drawn or stretched so as to be tense; taut.
3. affording little or no extra room; fitting closely, esp. too closely: a tight collar.
4. difficult to deal with or manage: to be in a tight situation.
5. of such close or compacted texture, or fitted together so closely, as to be impervious to water, air, steam, etc.: a good, tight roof.
6. concise; terse: a tight style of writing.
7. firm; rigid: his tight control of the company.
8. carefully arranged or organized and full; affording little leeway; compact: a tight schedule.
9. nearly even; close: a tight race.
10. Informal.
a. close, as friends; familiar or intimate.
b. united: The strikers are tight in their refusal to accept the proposed contract.
11. parsimonious; stingy.
12. Slang.drunk; tipsy.
13. characterized by scarcity or eager demand; costly; limited; restricted: a tight job market; tight money.
14. Journalism.(of a newspaper) having more news available than is required for or utilizable in a particular issue.
15. Baseball.inside (def. 20).
16. Scot. and North Eng.competent or skillful.
17. tidy.
18. neatly or well built or made.

1. in a tight manner; closely; firmly; securely; tensely: Shut the door tight. The shirt fit tight across the shoulders.
2. soundly or deeply: to sleep tight.
3. sit tight, to take no action.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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