(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. close, compact, hermetic, impervious; snug, close-fitting; hemmed-in; strict, stringent; scarce, in short supply; informal, stingy, parsimonious; slang, intoxicated, inebriated, loaded. See closure, contraction, narrowness, parsimony, drinking.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Firm]
Syn. taut, secure, fast, bound up, close, clasped, fixed, steady, tense, stretched thin, established, compact, strong, stable, enduring, steadfast, unyielding, unbending, set, stuck hard, hidebound, invulnerable, snug, sturdy; see also firm 1 .
Ant. loose*, tottery, shaky.
2. [Closed]
Syn. sealed, airtight, impenetrable, impermeable, impervious, watertight, hermetically sealed, padlocked, bolted, locked, fastened, shut tight, clamped, fixed, tied, snapped, swung to, tied up, nailed, spiked, slammed, obstructed, blocked, blind, shut, stopped up, plugged; see also waterproof .
Ant. open*, penetrable, unprotected.
3. [Closefitting]
Syn. pinching, shrunken, snug, uncomfortable, cramping, skintight, short, crushing, choking, smothering, cutting.
Ant. loose*, ample, wide.
4. [*Intoxicated]
Syn. drunk, inebriated, drunken, tipsy; see drunk .
5. [*Stingy]
Syn. miserly, parsimonious, close; see stingy .
6. [Difficult to obtain; said especially of money ]
Syn. scarce, frozen, tied up; see rare 2 .
sit tight*,
Syn. do nothing, refrain from action, stay put; see remain 1 .
Syn.- tight implies a constricting or binding encirclement [ a tight collar ] or such closeness or compactness of parts as to be impenetrable [airtight] ; taut (and often tight ) is applied to a rope, cord, cloth, etc. that is pulled or stretched to the point where there is no slackness [taut sails ] ; tense suggests a tightness or tautness that results in Great strain [tense muscles ] See also Synonym Study at drunk .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. close snug, skintight, form-fitting, close-fitting, confined, cramped, taut, drawn.
2. fixed secured, secure, set, made fast, immovable, firm, locked.
3. airtight watertight, sealed, plugged, secure, sound, hermetically sealed, impervious, impermeable, nonporous, leakproof.
4. rigorous strict, stringent, severe, restraining, demanding.
5. difficult trying, precarious, delicate, ticklish, tricky, perilous, tough, prickly.
6. stingy tightfisted, sparing, frugal, cheap, miserly, penurious, parsimonious, *penny-pinching.
ANT.: 1. loose, slack, baggy. 2. loose, unsecured, slack. 3. porous, holey. 4. undemanding, mild, easy. 5. easy, simple. 6. generous, charitable, giving
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Persistently holding to something: clinging, fast, firm1, secure, tenacious. See FREE, TIGHTEN. 2. Stretched tightly: stiff, taut, tense. See TIGHTEN. 3. Having all parts near to each other: close, compact1, crowded, dense, packed, thick. See TIGHTEN. 4. Based on good judgment, reasoning, or evidence: cogent, just, solid, sound2, valid, well-founded, well-grounded. See GOOD, REASON. 5. Characterized by an economy of artistic expression: lean2, spare. See STYLE. 6. Affording little room for movement: close, confining, cramped, crowded, narrow, snug. See TIGHTEN. 7. Slang. Very closely associated: chummy, close, familiar, friendly, intimate1. Informal: thick. Idiom: hand in glove with. See LOVE. 8. Ungenerously or pettily reluctant to spend money: cheap, close, close-fisted, costive, hard-fisted, mean2, miserly, niggard, niggardly, parsimonious, penny-pinching, penurious, petty, pinching, stingy, tightfisted. See GIVE. 9. Hard to deal with or get out of: rough, tricky. Informal: sticky. See EASY. 10. Nearly equivalent or even: close, neck and neck, nip and tuck. See NEAR. 11. Chiefly British. In good order or clean condition: neat, orderly, shipshape, snug, spick-and-span, spruce, taut, tidy, trig, trim, well-groomed. Idiom: neat as a pin. See CLEAN, ORDER. 12. Slang. Stupefied, excited, or muddled with alcoholic liquor: besotted, crapulent, crapulous, drunk, drunken, inebriate, inebriated, intoxicated, sodden, tipsy. Informal: cock-eyed, stewed. Slang: blind, bombed, boozed, boozy, crocked, high, lit (up), loaded, looped, pickled, pixilated, plastered, potted, sloshed, smashed, soused, stinking, stinko, stoned, zonked. Idioms: drunk as a skunk, half-seas over, high as a kite, in one's cups, three sheets in (or to) the wind. See DRUGS.

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