Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


I guess I would, in the tightest corner ever was chiseled out.

The one who could hug the longest and the tightest won the game.

It will take six banks of tubes on your tightest beam, LSV3, to reach us.

"This is the tightest place we have been in yet," murmured Hazon.

But that there was a leetle the tightest squeeze I ever hed in Union Pass.

"We are in the tightest fix of our lives," he declared, when Ben had gone.

"If the tightest hand were not kept on her, there's no knowing what she mightn't do," said her brother.

It will take six bands of tubes on your tightest beam, LSV3, to reach us.

The hot months are the busiest in the year and money's tightest.

They would be his best pair, no doubt, but your best pair is generally the tightest.


mid-15c., "dense, close, compact," from Middle English thight, from Old Norse þettr "watertight, close in texture, solid," from Proto-Germanic *thenkhtuz (cf. second element in Old English meteþiht "stout from eating;" Middle High German dihte "dense, thick," German dicht "dense, tight," Old High German gidigan, German gediegen "genuine, solid, worthy"), from PIE root *tenk- "to become firm, curdle, thicken" (cf. Irish techt "curdled, coagulated," Lithuanian tankus "close, tight," Persian tang "tight," Sanskrit tanakti "draws together, contracts").

Sense of "drawn, stretched" is from 1570s; meaning "fitting closely" (as of garments) is from 1779; that of "evenly matched" (of a contest, bargain, etc.) is from 1828, American English; that of "drunk" is from 1830; that of "close, sympathetic" is from 1956. Tight-assed "unwilling to relax" is attested from 1903. Tight-laced is recorded from 1741 in both the literal and figurative senses. Tight-lipped is first attested 1876.