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Pronunciation: /taɪt/

Translation of tight in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo (-er, -est)

  • 1 1.1 (fitting closely) [dress/skirt] ajustado, ceñido; (if uncomfortable, unsightly) apretado a short, tight skirt una falda corta y ajustada or ceñida this skirt's too tight round the waist esta falda me queda muy apretada de cintura these shoes are a bit tight estos zapatos me aprietan un poco or me quedan un poco apretados
    Example sentences
    • Never ride in cold weather with tight boots or shoes, nor close-fitting gloves.
    • Also tighten your shoes well and wear tight socks so that they will not come out of the shoes.
    • Don't wear tight clothing or shoes that can cause pressure and blistering.
    1.2 (stiff, hard to move) [screw/bolt] apretado, duro
    Example sentences
    • Giving it to Lior, Shumba watched as the guard drew closer to Amenra, her graying blond curls fastened in a tight knot along her gold enclosed neck.
    • Just then, there was a short knock and the door swung open to reveal his mother, undoing her tight, business-like bun.
    • She can't open cans or bottles if the lid is tight, and she's had to give up needlepoint.
    Example sentences
    • Every muscle in his body was tight, and Rion had wondered if he'd frozen like that.
    • Early on after my coma the muscles in my body were incredibly tight.
    • She was shaking, her body was tight and her eyes were practically bleeding.
    1.3 (with nothing to spare) [margin] estrecho; [schedule] apretado there's room for four, but it's a tight squeeze caben cuatro, pero bastante apretados we're on a tight budget tenemos un presupuesto muy limitado his schedule is very tight tiene una agenda muy apretada we're operating to a very tight timetable trabajamos con márgenes de tiempo muy estrechos or ajustados money's tight están ( or estamos etc) apretados or escasos de dinero
    Example sentences
    • If money is tight and restricting you from having the flowers you dream of then why not consider making your own bouquet.
    • ‘We know money is tight, but a contribution would let the veterans know they were remembered,’ said Bob.
    • Money was tight; he couldn't afford the trips on his salary as a counselor at St. Petersburg College.
    1.4 (close) [game/finish] reñido
    Example sentences
    • And last season excepted, veteran Robert Horry knows how to produce in tight games and the postseason.
    • His willingness to handle the scoring burden in tight games was another sign of his maturity.
    • There isn't a quarterback in the league you'd rather have going for you in the fourth quarter of a tight game.
  • 2 2.1 (firm) [embrace] estrecho, apretado, fuerte 2.2 (strict) [security] estricto; [control] estricto, riguroso he keeps a tight hold on expenditure mantiene estricto control sobre los gastos tight credit controls política (feminine) de crédito restringido
    Example sentences
    • Security chiefs have decided to impose tight controls to prevent terrorists from slipping into the country.
    • The peasantry in 1300 were living in a world where land was scarce and opportunities for economic advancement were limited by the tight controls of the landowners.
    • The US has since pursued a systematic policy aimed at keeping the UN under tight control.
    Example sentences
    • Flynn wants to keep a tight grip on the purse strings.
    • Not only do they survive childbirth and carrying heavy loads, they know how to keep a tight grip on luck, love and happiness.
    • He reached up and patted her horse with his bandaged hand, careful to keep a tight grip on the reigns with the other as they walked down the broad main street.
  • 3 3.1 (sharp) [bend] cerrado 3.2 (closely formed) [knot/knitting] apretado small, tight handwriting letra (feminine) pequeña y apretada
    Example sentences
    • I simply held the fabric tight front and back of the presser foot and let the machine do its work.
    • It was lying loose and not stretched tight when the drawings were made.
    • She also threw on a pair of black slacks that stretched tight over her thin legs.
    Example sentences
    • They held together and went down the street in tight formation, flanked by cops on all sides.
    • Gophers clump their mounds together in tight groups, and these are flatter and fan-shaped with off-center holes.
    • We stayed together in a tight group as we approached the house.
    Example sentences
    • These bends were so tight that only short, relatively ineffective nets could be used.
    • They will also be racing on the wider expanses of a course that offers a much fairer test of ability than the tight turns and short straight at the Valley.
    • A useful escape tactic to a prey is to initiate a turn before predator closure and rely on a tight turn radius for escape.
  • 4 4.1 (taut) [cord/thread] tirante, tenso a tight feeling in the chest una opresión en el pecho 4.2 (not leaky) [seal] hermético
    Example sentences
    • Pigs have died after a ventilation failure in a tight building.
    • If the house is fairly tight, the simplest route for makeup air to enter the structure is often the unused fireplace chimney.
    • A tight home can literally use up enough air that the fireplace flue is the only route for a fresh supply of outside air available.
  • 5 (hard to obtain) [supplies] escaso jobs are/credit is very tight at the moment está muy difícil conseguir trabajo/préstamos
  • 6 (difficult, problematic) [situation] difícil
  • 7 [colloquial/familiar] 7.1 (mean) tightfisted 7.2 (drunk) (predicative/predicativo) borracho, como una cuba [colloquial/familiar] to get tight emborracharse


  • hold (on) tight! ¡agárrate bien or fuerte! hold me tight abrázame fuerte screw the lid on tight aprieta bien el tapón sleep tight! ¡que duermas bien! we'll have to sit tight and see what happens vamos a tener que esperar a ver qué pasa

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