Etymology
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taut (adj.)

mid-13c., tohte "stretched or pulled tight," possibly from tog-, past participle stem of Old English teon "to pull, drag," from Proto-Germanic *theuhanan, from PIE root *deuk- "to lead," which would connect it to tow (v.) and tie. Related: Tautness.

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Definitions of taut

taut (adj.)
pulled or drawn tight;
taut sails
Synonyms: tight
taut (adj.)
subjected to great tension; stretched tight;
her nerves were taut as the strings of a bow
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