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tight (adj.)

c. 1400, tyght "dense, close, compact," from Middle English thight, from Old Norse þettr "watertight, close in texture, solid," and also from Old English -þiht (compare second element in meteþiht "stout from eating"), both from Proto-Germanic *thinhta- (source also of Middle High German dihte "dense, thick," German dicht "dense, tight," Old High German gidigan, German gediegen "genuine, solid, worthy"), from PIE root *tenk- (2) "to become firm, curdle, thicken" (source also of Irish techt "curdled, coagulated," Lithuanian tankus "close, tight," Persian tang "tight," Sanskrit tanakti "draws together, contracts").

Sense of "drawn, stretched" is from 1570s; meaning "fitting closely" (as of garments) is from 1779; that of "evenly matched" (of a contest, bargain, etc.) is from 1828, American English; that of "drunk" is from 1830. Of persons, "close, intimate, sympathetic" from 1956. From 1670s as an adverb; to sit tight is from 1738; sleep tight as a farewell in sending someone off to bed is by 1871. Related: Tightly; tightness. Tight-assed "unwilling to relax" is attested from 1903. Tight-laced is recorded from 1741 in both the literal and figurative senses. Tight-lipped is first attested 1872.

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Definitions of tight from WordNet
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tight (adj.)
closely constrained or constricted or constricting;
tight skirts
fingers closed in a tight fist
a tight feeling in his chest
he hated tight starched collars
tight (adj.)
pulled or drawn tight;
a tight rope
a tight drumhead
Synonyms: taut
tight (adj.)
set so close together as to be invulnerable to penetration;
in tight formation
a tight blockade
tight (adj.)
pressed tightly together;
Synonyms: compressed
tight (adj.)
(used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity;
Synonyms: mean / mingy / miserly
tight (adj.)
affected by scarcity and expensive to borrow;
a tight market
tight money
tight (adj.)
of such close construction as to be impermeable;
a tight roof
warm in our tight little house
tight (adj.)
of textiles;
smooth percale with a very tight weave
Synonyms: close
tight (adj.)
securely or solidly fixed in place; rigid;
the bolts are tight
tight (adj.)
(of a contest or contestants) evenly matched;
a tight game
Synonyms: close
tight (adj.)
very drunk;
Synonyms: besotted / blind drunk / blotto / crocked / cockeyed / fuddled / loaded / pie-eyed / pissed / pixilated / plastered / slopped / sloshed / smashed / soaked / soused / sozzled / squiffy / stiff / wet
tight (adj.)
exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent;
a good man to have on your side in a tight situation
Synonyms: nasty
tight (adj.)
demanding strict attention to rules and procedures;
tight security
Synonyms: rigorous / stringent
tight (adj.)
packed closely together;
the pub was packed tight
hair in tight curls
they stood in a tight little group
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tight (adv.)
firmly or closely;
held tight
Synonyms: fast
tight (adv.)
in an attentive manner;
Synonyms: close / closely
From wordnet.princeton.edu