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Synonyms of 'tight'

(adjective) 
Definition
closely fitting
His jeans were too tight.
Synonyms
close-fitting
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narrow
He squeezed his way along the narrow space between the crates.
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snug
a snug black T-shirt and skin-tight black jeans
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constricted
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close
Three bombers flew overhead in close formation.
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
made, fixed, or closed firmly and securely
Keep a tight grip on my hand.
Synonyms
secure
Shelves are only as secure as their fixings.
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firm
Use a firm platform or a sturdy ladder.
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fast
He held the gate fast.
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fixed
The locking frame can secure bikes to any fixed object.
(adjective) 
Definition
stretched or drawn taut
Pull the elastic tight and knot the ends.
Synonyms
taut
When muscles are taut or cold, there is more chance of injury.
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stretched
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tense
She lay, eyes shut, body tense.
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rigid
rigid plastic containers
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stiff
The film is crammed with corsets, bustles and stiff collars.
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
made, fixed, or closed firmly and securely
She curled up in a tight ball.
Synonyms
compact
a thick, bare trunk crowned by a compact mass of dark-green leaves
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compacted
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dense
a large, dense forest
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compressed
a biodegradable product made from compressed peat and cellulose
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(adjective) 
Definition
cramped and allowing very little room for movement
so many people in such a tight space
Synonyms
limited
The shop has a very limited selection.
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small
a diet of one small meal a day
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narrow
She achieved a fame that transcended the narrow world of avant-garde theatre.
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restricted
Every inch counts in this restricted space.
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confined
His long legs were cramped in the confined space.
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compact
a compact computer that could be tucked under the arm and carried like a notebook
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cramped
There are hundreds of families living in cramped conditions.
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constricted
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poky
poky little apartments
(adjective) 
Definition
unyielding or stringent
tight control of media coverage
Synonyms
strict
French privacy laws are very strict.
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stringent
Its drug-testing procedures are the most stringent in the world.
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severe
This was a dreadful crime and a severe sentence is necessary.
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tough
He announced tough measures to limit the money supply.
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harsh
Hundreds of political detainees were held under harsh conditions.
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stern
He said stern measures would be taken against the criminals.
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rigid
Hospital routines for nurses are very rigid.
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rigorous
rigorous military training
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uncompromising
She is considered a tough and uncompromising negotiator.
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inflexible
They viewed him as stubborn, inflexible and dogmatic.
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unyielding
his unyielding attitude on this subject
Opposites
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undemanding
(adjective) 
Definition
constructed so as to prevent the passage of water, air, etc.
Cover with foil and the lid to ensure a tight seal.
Synonyms
sealed
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watertight
The batteries are enclosed in a watertight compartment.
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impervious
The floorcovering will need to be impervious to water.
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proof
The fortress was proof against attack.
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hermetic
breaking the hermetic seal of the jar
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
(of a match or game) very close or even
It was a very tight match.
Synonyms
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even
Divide the dough into 12 even pieces.
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well-matched
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hard-fought
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evenly-balanced
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
mean or miserly
(informal)  Are you so tight you won't even spend a few quid?
Synonyms
miserly
He is miserly with both his time and his money.
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mean
Don't be mean with the fabric, or the curtains will end up looking skimpy.
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stingy
My dad was stingy with pocket money.
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close
She is very close with money.
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sparing
I've not been sparing with the garlic.
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grasping
She is a grasping and manipulative young woman.
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parsimonious
the stereotype of the dour and parsimonious Scotsman
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niggardly
Officials say the EU is being particularly niggardly with these funds.
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tightfisted
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tight-arse (taboo, slang)
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tight-arsed (taboo, slang)
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tight-ass (US, taboo, slang)
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tight-assed (US, taboo, slang)
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tight as a duck's arse (taboo, slang)
Opposites
10 (adjective) 
Definition
(of a situation) difficult or dangerous
They teach you to use your head and get out of a tight spot.
Synonyms
difficult
It is difficult for single parents to get jobs.
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tough
It was a tough decision but I think we made the right one.
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dangerous
a dangerous undertaking
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tricky
This could be a very tricky problem.
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sticky (informal)
He found himself in a not inconsiderably sticky situation.
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hazardous
Below decks was hazardous in very heavy weather.
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troublesome
The economy has become a troublesome problem for the party.
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precarious
Our financial situation had become precarious.
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perilous
a perilous journey across the war-zone
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ticklish
the ticklish question of the future of the EU
11 (adjective) 
Definition
drunk
(informal)  He laughed loudly. There was no doubt he was tight.
Synonyms
drunk
I got drunk and had to be carried home.
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intoxicated
He appeared intoxicated, police said.
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pissed (British, Australian, New Zealand, slang)
He was just lying there completely pissed.
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flying (slang)
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bombed (slang)
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stoned (slang)
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wasted (slang)
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smashed (slang)
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hammered (slang)
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steaming (slang)
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wrecked (slang)
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out of it (slang)
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plastered (slang)
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blitzed (slang)
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lit up (slang)
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stewed (slang)
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pickled (informal)
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bladdered (slang)
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under the influence (informal)
He was charged with driving under the influence.
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legless (informal)
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paralytic (informal)
By the end of the evening, they were all paralytic.
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sozzled (informal)
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steamboats (Scottish, slang)
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tiddly (slang, mainly British)
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off your face (slang)
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half cut (British, slang)
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zonked (slang)
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blotto (slang)
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inebriated
He was obviously inebriated by the time dessert was served.
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out to it (Australian, New Zealand, slang)
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three sheets to the wind (slang)
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in your cups
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rat-arsed (taboo, slang)
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blatted (British, slang)
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boozed-up (informal)
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dronkverdriet (South Africa)
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elephants (Australian, slang)
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broken (South Africa, informal)
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boozed-up (slang)
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kaylied (British, slang)
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langered (Irish, slang)
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lashed (British, slang)
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mashed (British, slang)
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mullered (slang)
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ossified (Irish, slang)
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sat (South Africa)
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stukkend (South Africa, slang)
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trashed (slang)
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Brahms and Liszt (slang)
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half seas over (British, informal)
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bevvied (dialect)
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pie-eyed (slang)
Opposites
12 (adjective) 
Definition
allowing only the minimum time or money for doing something
Money has been fairly tight in our household.
Synonyms
scarce
Food was scarce and expensive.
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scant
The hole was a scant 0.23 inches in diameter.
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meagre
a meagre 3% pay rise
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in short supply
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low
World stocks of wheat were getting very low.
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scanty
So far, what scanty evidence we have points to two subjects.
13 (adjective) 
the tight writing and upbeat performances of the play
Synonyms
succinct
Make sure your work is accurate, succinct and to the point.
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concise
The text is concise and informative.
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to the point
The description he gave was brief and to the point.
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crisp
In a clear, crisp voice, he began his speech.
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terse
He issued a terse statement, saying the decision will be made on Monday.
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laconic
Usually so laconic in the office, he seemed more relaxed.
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pithy
a pithy comment
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well structured
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short and sweet

Additional synonyms

in the sense of compressed
a biodegradable product made from compressed peat and cellulose
Synonyms
squeezed,
compacted,
consolidated,
squashed,
flattened,
constricted
in the sense of concise
Definition
brief and to the point
The text is concise and informative.
in the sense of confined
His long legs were cramped in the confined space.
Synonyms

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