- 1stretched tightly taut violin strings Keep the rope taut. His skin was stretched taut across his cheekbones.
- 2showing that you are anxious or tense a voice taut with anger Her face was taut and pale.
- 3(of a person or their body) with firm muscles; not fat His body was solid and taut.
- 4(of a piece of writing, etc.) tightly controlled, with no unnecessary parts in it a taut thriller the writer's taut prose
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