Synonyms of 'tight'
1 close-fittingDictionary, narrow, cramped
His jeans were too tight.
2 secureDictionary, firm, fast
Keep a tight grip on my hand.
3 tautDictionary, stretched, tense
Pull the elastic tight and knot the ends.
4 compactDictionary, compacted, dense
She curled up in a tight ball.
5 limitedDictionary, small, tiny
so many people in such a tight space
The shop has a very limited selection.
a diet of one small meal a day
She achieved a fame that transcended the narrow world of avant-garde theatre.
Every inch counts in this restricted space.
His long legs were cramped in the confined space.
a compact computer that could be tucked under the arm and carried like a notebook
There are hundreds of families living in cramped conditions.
poky little apartments
6 strictDictionary, stringent, severe
tight control of media coverage
French privacy laws are very strict.
Its drug-testing procedures are the most stringent in the world.
This was a dreadful crime and a severe sentence is necessary.
He announced tough measures to limit the money supply.
Hundreds of political detainees were held under harsh conditions.
He said stern measures would be taken against the killers.
Hospital routines for nurses are very rigid.
rigorous military training
Mrs Thatcher was a tough and uncompromising politician.
They viewed him as stubborn, inflexible and dogmatic.
his unyielding attitude on this subject
7 sealedDictionary, watertight, impervious
Cover with foil and the lid to ensure a tight seal.
8 closeDictionary, even, well-matched
It was a very tight match.
9 miserlyDictionary, mean, stingy
Are you so tight you won't even spend a few quid?
He is miserly with both his time and his money.
Don't be mean with the fabric, or the curtains will end up looking skimpy.
The West is stingy with aid.
She is very close with money.
I've not been sparing with the garlic.
She is a grasping and manipulative young woman.
the stereotype of the dour and parsimonious Scotsman
Officials say the EU is being particularly niggardly with these funds.
tight-arse (taboo , slang)
tight-arsed (taboo , slang)
tight-ass (US , taboo , slang)
tight-assed (US , taboo , slang)
tight as a duck's arse (taboo , slang)
10 difficultDictionary, tough, dangerous
They teach you to use your head and get out of a tight spot.
It is difficult for single mothers to get jobs.
It was a tough decision but I think we made the right one.
a dangerous undertaking
This could be a very tricky problem.
He found himself in a not inconsiderably sticky situation.
Below decks was hazardous in very heavy weather.
The economy has become a troublesome problem for the party.
Our financial situation had become precarious.
a perilous journey across the war-zone
the ticklish question of the future of the EU
11 drunkDictionary, intoxicated, pissed (British , Australian , New Zealand , slang)
He laughed loudly. There was no doubt he was tight.
I got drunk and had to be carried home.
He appeared intoxicated, police said.
pissed (British , Australian , New Zealand , slang)
He was just lying there completely pissed.
out of it (slang)
lit up (slang)
under the influence (informal)
He was charged with driving under the influence.
By the end of the evening, we were all totally paralytic.
steamboats (Scottish , slang)
tiddly (slang , mainly British)
off your face (slang)
half cut (British , slang)
He was obviously inebriated by the time dessert was served.
out to it (Australian , New Zealand , slang)
three sheets to the wind (slang)
in your cups
rat-arsed (taboo , slang)
blatted (British , slang)
dronkverdriet (South Africa)
elephants (Australian , slang)
broken (South Africa , informal)
kaylied (British , slang)
langered (Irish , slang)
lashed (British , slang)
mashed (British , slang)
ossified (Irish , slang)
sat (South Africa)
stukkend (South Africa , slang)
Brahms and Liszt (slang)
half seas over (British , informal)
12 scarceDictionary, scant, meagre
Money has been fairly tight in our household.
13 succinctDictionary, economic, concise
the tight writing and upbeat performances of the play
Make sure your work is accurate, succinct and to the point.
The text is concise and informative.
to the point
The description he gave was brief and to the point.
In a clear, crisp voice, he began his speech.
He issued a terse statement, saying the decision will be made on Monday.
Usually so laconic in the office, he seemed more relaxed.
a pithy comment
short and sweet
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Something that is concise says everything that is necessary without using any unnecessary words.
The text is concise and informative.
Thesaurus for tight from the Collins English Thesaurus