Definition of taut adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tɔːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːt//
    Describing a story
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  1. 1stretched tightly taut violin strings Keep the rope taut. His skin was stretched taut across his cheekbones.
  2. 2showing that you are anxious or tense a voice taut with anger Her face was taut and pale.
  3. 3(of a person or their body) with firm muscles; not fat His body was solid and taut.
  4. 4(of a piece of writing, etc.) tightly controlled, with no unnecessary parts in it a taut thriller the writer’s taut prose See related entries: Describing a story
  5. Word OriginMiddle English tought ‘distended’, perhaps originally a variant of tough.Extra examples Her body went as taut as a bowstring. His skin was stretched taut over his cheekbones. Try to keep the lead taut, as it will help your puppy to learn.
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