tight Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “tight” in the English Dictionary

"tight" in British English

See all translations

tightadjective, adverb

uk   us   /taɪt/
B2 (​held or ​kept together) ​firmly or ​closely: I can't ​untie the ​knot - it's too tight. This ​lid is on very tight. The ​peoplestoodtalking in tight ​groups. Hold on tight when we go around the ​corner. Check that ​windows and ​doors are ​shut tight (= ​completelyclosed) before you ​leave. The ​plasticcover was ​stretched tight (= ​stretched as much as it could be)across the ​tank.
More examples


uk   us   /taɪt/

tight adjective (UNCOMFORTABLE)

B1 Clothes or ​shoes that are tight ​fit the ​body too ​closely and are ​uncomfortable: That jacket's too tight - you need a ​biggersize. If you have a tight ​feeling in ​yourchest you have an ​uncomfortablefeeling of ​pressure, ​caused by ​illness, ​fear, etc.

tight adjective (LIMITING)

B2 Controls or ​rules that are tight are ​ones that ​severelylimit what can ​happen: tight ​security

tight adjective (NOT MUCH)

B2 If ​time or ​money is tight, there is only just enough of it: I'm ​sorry I can't ​stay for a ​chat, time's really tight. They're ​raising three ​kids on one ​smallsalary so ​money is very tight.

tight adjective (NOT GENEROUS)

informal disapproving →  tight-fisted

tight adjective (DRUNK)

old-fashioned informal having ​drunk too much ​alcohol: Jim, you're tight!

tight adjective (RELATIONSHIP)

informal If two ​people are tight, they ​know each other very well and like each other a lot: The two of them were ​pretty tight at ​school.
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈtaɪt.nəs/
(Definition of tight from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tight" in American English

See all translations

tightadjective, adverb [-er/-est only]

 us   /tɑɪt/

tight adjective, adverb [-er/-est only] (FIRMLY TOGETHER)

(​held or ​kept together) ​firmly or ​closely: You have to ​wrap the ​bandage tight enough so that it really ​supportsyourankle. Make ​sure the ​door is ​shut tight (= ​completelyclosed) before you ​leave. Clothes that are tight ​fit the ​bodyclosely, sometimes so ​closely that they are ​uncomfortable: She ​wore a tight ​blackskirt. These ​shoesfeel a ​bit tight. If you say about two ​people that they are tight, you ​mean they are ​closefriends.


 us   /tɑɪt/

tight adjective (LIMITED)

[-er/-est only] (esp. of ​time or ​money) ​available in ​limitedamounts: Arnold has a very tight ​schedule today and I don’t ​know if he can ​see you. We’re on a tight ​budget and can’t ​afford to ​eat out much. Parking is very tight on ​weekdays around here.

tight adjective (CONTROLLED)

stronglycontrolled: Security was tight at the ​meeting between the two ​leaders.

tight adjective (DIFFICULT)

(of ​situations) ​difficult or hard to ​deal with: We were in a tight ​financialsituation. I was in a tight ​spot (= ​difficultsituation) and wasn’t ​sure what I should do. In a ​competition, tight ​meansclose, with the competitors ​almosteven: He was ​involved in a very tight ​race for ​governor.
(Definition of tight from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tight" in Business English

See all translations


uk   us   /taɪt/
GOVERNMENT, LAW controlled very carefully: tight controls/security/restrictions The ​talks were ​held amid tight ​security in London.
FINANCE, MANAGEMENT if ​money or ​time is tight, there is only just enough of it: Finances are tight and no university has spare ​cash.tight budget/deadline/schedule We're ​working to a very tight ​schedule.
ECONOMICS, COMMERCE if there is a tight ​market, there is not as much of something ​available as is wanted or needed: They should not ​restrict so much ​land in an already tight and ​overpricedhousingmarket. A tight ​labormarket is an employer's nightmare.
keep a tight rein on sth to ​control something, especially ​spending, in a very careful way: The ​chancellor was urged to ​keep a tight ​rein on ​publicfinances.
(Definition of tight from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of tight?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“tight” in Business English

Word of the Day

stop at nothing

If you stop at nothing to achieve something, you are willing to do anything in order to achieve it, even if it involves danger, great effort, or harming other people.

Word of the Day

There is no such thing as a true synonym in English. Discuss!
There is no such thing as a true synonym in English. Discuss!
by Kate Woodford,
November 25, 2015
In the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary the word ‘synonym’ is defined as ‘a word or phrase that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or phrase in the same language’. As you might expect, definitions for this word are broadly similar in other dictionaries and yet the italicized

Read More 

climatarian adjective
climatarian adjective
November 23, 2015
choosing to eat a diet that has minimal impact on the climate, i.e. one that excludes food transported a long way or meat whose production gives rise to CO2 emissions Climate change is not normally on people’s minds when they choose what to have for lunch, but a new diet is calling for

Read More