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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. Tight and tightening

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.Excited, interested and enthusiastic

taut adjective (WRITING/SPEECH)

literary describes writing or speech that is controlled, clear, and short: taut proseNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasiveEasy to understand
tautly
adverb uk   /ˈtɔːt.li/ us    /ˈtɑːt-/
Excited, interested and enthusiastic
tautness
noun [U] uk   /ˈtɔːt.nəs/ us    /ˈtɑːt-/
Tight and tightening
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