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English definition of “taut”

taut

adjective (WRITING/SPEECH)    /tɔːt/ US  /tɑːt/ 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     /ˈtɔːt.li/ US  /ˈtɑːt-/ adverb Excited, interested and enthusiastic tautness     /ˈtɔːt.nəs/ US  /ˈtɑːt-/ noun [U] Tight and tightening
(Definition of taut adjective (WRITING/SPEECH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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