American English

Definition of tight adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



(tighter, tightest)
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  •  closely and firmly; tightly Hold tight! My suitcase was packed tight. His fists were clenched tight.
  • Which Word?tight / tightly Tight and tightly are both adverbs that come from the adjective tight. They have the same meaning, but tight is often used instead of tightly after a verb, especially in informal language, and in compounds:packed tight a tight-fitting lid.Before a past participle, tightly is used:clusters of tightly packed flowers. In formal situations and writing, tightly is preferred as the adverb form.Idioms
    1. 1to stay where you are rather than moving away or changing position We sat tight and waited to be rescued.
    2. 2to stay in the same situation, without changing your mind or taking any action Shareholders are being advised to sit tight until the crisis passes.
    sleep tight (informal)
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    used especially to children before they go to bed to say that you hope they sleep well Goodnight, sleep tight!
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: tight