Definition of tight-ass in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtīdas/
(British tight-arse)


1An inhibited, repressed, or excessively conventional person: a well-worn Hollywood theme—repressed tight-ass reformed by intrusion of uncouth slob you are the most buttoned-up tight-arse that I have ever met
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  • The comic-drama of this man who is teased for being a tight-ass, ‘a self-righteous goody two-shoes,’ feels like the enactment of an old, old moment in the history of mutual human dumbness.
  • His grin changed into a pleasant smile as he realized Julian wasn't such a tight-ass.
  • Even her secretary was an unflappable tight-ass, his contacts had told him.
2A person who spends as little money as possible; a miser: when it comes to money, I’m a tight-ass who is at pains to avoid looking like one he’s a notorious tight-arse and is always very hesitant about coughing up for anything
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  • We wouldn't be able to get any free cider from him anyway. Why? Because he's a tight-arse.
  • Resenting not having any money is a waste of energy and will turn you into a tight-arse.
  • The survey found that 11% of people were "tight-arses" who spent an average £10 a year on gifts.

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Syllabification: tight-ass

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