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taut

adjective uk   /tɔːt/ us    /tɑːt/

taut adjective (TIGHT)

tight or completely stretched: a taut rope He kept his eyes on the road ahead, his face taut with concentration.

taut adjective (EXCITED/NERVOUS)

literary excited or nervous: His latest film was described in today's paper as a taut thriller. There was a taut edge to Niall's voice.

taut adjective (WRITING/SPEECH)

literary Taut writing or speech is controlled, clear, and short: taut prose
tautly
adverb uk   /ˈtɔːt.li/ us    /ˈtɑːt-/
tautness
noun [U] uk   /ˈtɔːt.nəs/ us    /ˈtɑːt-/
Translations of “taut”
in Korean 팽팽한…
in Arabic مَشدود…
in French (bien) tendu…
in Turkish çok gergin, iyice gerilmiş…
in Italian teso, tirato…
in Chinese (Traditional) 緊的, 拉緊的,繃緊的…
in Russian туго натянутый…
in Polish napięty…
in Spanish tirante, tenso…
in Portuguese esticado, teso, retesado…
in German straff…
in Catalan tibant, tens…
in Japanese ぴんと張った, 張り詰めた…
in Chinese (Simplified) 紧的, 拉紧的,绷紧的…
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