- tight ► ADJECTIVE 1) fixed, closed, or fastened firmly. 2) (of clothes) close-fitting. 3) well sealed against something such as water or air. 4) (of a rope, fabric, or surface) stretched so as to leave no slack. 5) (of an area or space) allowing little room for manoeuvre. 6) (of people or things) closely or densely packed together. 7) (of an organization or group) disciplined and well coordinated. 8) (of a form of control) strictly imposed: security was tight. 9) (of money or time) limited. 10) (of a bend, turn, or angle) changing direction sharply. 11) informal miserly. 12) informal drunk.► ADVERB ▪ very firmly, closely, or tensely.● a tight ship — Cf. ↑a tight ship● a tight corner (or spot) — Cf. ↑a tight spotDERIVATIVES tighten verb tightly adverb tightness noun.ORIGIN originally in the sense «healthy, vigorous», later «firm, solid»: probably of Germanic origin.
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Tightly — Tight ly, adv. In a tight manner; closely; nearly. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
tightly — adv. Tightly is used with these adjectives: ↑closed, ↑constrained, ↑organized, ↑restricted, ↑shut, ↑woven Tightly is used with these verbs: ↑bind, ↑clamp, ↑clasp, ↑clench, ↑ … Collocations dictionary
tightly — tight, tightly Tight is used as an adverb in combination with a number of verbs, primarily in commands or instructions: hold tight, sit tight, sleep tight. It also occurs as the first element in a few compound adjectives, e.g. tight fisted, tight … Modern English usage
tightly — adverb 1. in a tight or constricted manner (Freq. 3) a tightly packed pub • Derived from adjective: ↑tight 2. securely fixed or fastened (Freq. 1) the window was tightly sealed • Derived from adjective: ↑ … Useful english dictionary
tightly — adverb In a tight manner. tightly clenched fingers … Wiktionary
tightly — adverb see tight I … New Collegiate Dictionary
tightly — See tight. * * * … Universalium
tightly — adv. firmly … English contemporary dictionary
tightly — tight·ly … English syllables
tightly — See: tight … English dictionary