(adj.) affected by scarcity and expensive to borrow; 'tight money'; 'a tight market' .
(adj.) packed closely together; 'they stood in a tight little group'; 'hair in tight curls'; 'the pub was packed tight' .
(adj.) of such close construction as to be impermeable; 'a tight roof'; 'warm in our tight little house' .
(adj.) 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' .
(adj.) securely or solidly fixed in place; rigid; 'the bolts are tight' .
(adj.) set so close together as to be invulnerable to penetration; 'in tight formation'; 'a tight blockade' .
(-) of Tie
(-) p. p. of Tie.
(superl.) Firmly held together; compact; not loose or open; as, tight cloth; a tight knot.
(superl.) 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.
(superl.) Fitting close, or too close, to the body; as, a tight coat or other garment.
(superl.) Not ragged; whole; neat; tidy.
(superl.) Close; parsimonious; saving; as, a man tight in his dealings.
(superl.) Not slack or loose; firmly stretched; taut; -- applied to a rope, chain, or the like, extended or stretched out.
(superl.) Handy; adroit; brisk.
(superl.) Somewhat intoxicated; tipsy.
(superl.) Pressing; stringent; not easy; firmly held; dear; -- said of money or the money market. Cf. Easy, 7.
(v. t.) To tighten.
a. . Close, fast, not open, not leaky.. Close-fitting, not loose.. Tense, stretched, taught, not slack.. [Colloquial.] Fuddled, boozy, disguised, drunk, maudlin, mellow, in liquor, SLEWED, GROGGY, high, in one's cups, HALF SEAS OVER, somewhat intoxicated, THREE SHEETS IN THE WIND.. [Colloquial, U. S.] Stringent (as the money market).. [Colloquial, U. S.] Parsimonious, stingy, penurious, hard, close-fisted.
SYN:Firm, compact, fast, close, tidy, neat, smart, natty, tense, stretched
ANT:Loose, incompact, open, flowing, loose-fitting, large, untidy, lax, relaxed
adj. close: compact: rigid: hampered from want of money: snug trim: not leaky: fitting closely also too closely: scarce not easily obtainable: (coll.) unwilling to part with money: tipsy: not loose or free in treatment.—v.t. Tight′en to make tight or tighter: to straiten.—v.i. to grow tight or tighter.—n. Tight′ener one who or that which tightens: (anat.) a tensor: (slang) a heavy meal.—adv. Tight′ly.—ns. Tight′ness; Tight′rope a tightly-stretched rope on which rope-dancers perform.—n.pl. Tights a garment often of silk closely fitting the body or at least the legs worn by acrobats dancers &c.
pa.t. and pa.p. of tie.
n. An habiliment of the stage designed to reinforce the general acclamation of the press agent with a particular publicity. Public attention was once somewhat diverted from this garment to Miss Lillian Russell's refusal to wear it and many were the conjectures as to her motive the guess of Miss Pauline Hall showing a high order of ingenuity and sustained reflection. It was Miss Hall's belief that nature had not endowed Miss Russell with beautiful legs. This theory was impossible of acceptance by the male understanding but the conception of a faulty female leg was of so prodigious originality as to rank among the most brilliant feats of philosophical speculation! It is strange that in all the controversy regarding Miss Russell's aversion to tights no one seems to have thought to ascribe it to what was known among the ancients as 'modesty. ' The nature of that sentiment is now imperfectly understood and possibly incapable of exposition with the vocabulary that remains to us. The study of lost arts has however been recently revived and some of the arts themselves recovered. This is an epoch of renaissances and there is ground for hope that the primitive 'blush ' may be dragged from its hiding-place amongst the tombs of antiquity and hissed on to the stage.
- And he had hardly looked up, to see what the matter was, when he was stopped by having a pair of arms thrown tight round his neck. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 雾都孤儿.
- I don't,' said Boffin, in a free-handed manner, 'want to tie a literary man--WITH a wooden leg--down too tight. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 我们共同的朋友.
- The times are as tight as can be; everybody is being ruined; and I don't believe Lydgate has got a farthing. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- Over this is placed a water-tight covering of pegamoid, and the lower part covered with light silk. 威廉·亨利·杜利特. 世纪发明.
- Mademoiselle Hortense eyes him with a scowl upon her tight face, which gradually changes into a smile of scorn, You are very mysterieuse. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- Her fist, clenched tight in his pocket, beat hard against his thigh. 欧内斯特·海明威. 丧钟为谁而鸣.
- She had put on a dress of stiff old greenish brocade, that fitted tight and made her look tall and rather terrible, ghastly. 戴维·赫伯特·劳伦斯. 恋爱中的女人.
- I squeezed the tighter. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 匹克威克外传.
- He wished to improve that which was already perfect--to draw the rope tighter yet round the neck of his unfortunate victim--and so he ruined all. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯归来记.
- Shall I stretch this corner a shade tighter, Timothy? 托马斯·哈代. 还乡.
- Clasp your arm tighter,' said Sikes, as he drew him through the window. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 雾都孤儿.
- And the more trouble a young un is, and the more good for nothing, as a gen'l thing, the tighter they sticks to 'em. 哈丽叶特·比切·斯托. 汤姆叔叔的小屋.
- With a roar the lioness turned completely over upon her back, falling full upon her enemy; but the black-haired giant only closed tighter his hold. 埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯. 人猿泰山.
- I won't squeeze you tighter than I can help. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- The gondolier is a picturesque rascal for all he wears no satin harness, no plumed bonnet, no silken tights. 马克·吐温. 傻子出国记.
- He had relinquished his legal suit of black for the purposes of this excursion, and wore the old surtout and tights, but not quite with the old air. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 大卫·科波菲尔.
- I have always found him the bitingest and tightest screw in London. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 我们共同的朋友.