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British English: /tʌɪt/
American English: /taɪt/

Translation of tight in French:

also: tights plural noun


  • 1 (firm)
    (lid, screw)
    to hold somebody in a tight embrace
    tenir quelqu'un serré dans ses bras
  • 3 (constrictive)
    (closefitting) (jacket, shirt)
    my shoes are too tight
    mes chaussures sont trop étroites, mes chaussures me serrent
    a pair of tight jeans
    un jean moulant
    there were six of us in the car—it was a tight squeeze
    on était six dans la voiture—c'était très serré
  • 4 (strict)
    (security, deadline)
    (budget, credit)
    to exercise tight control over something/somebody
    contrôler strictement quelque chose/quelqu'un
    to be tight (with one's money)
    être près de ses sous, être radin [informal]
    money is a bit tight these days (one's own)
    je suis ( or on est) un peu juste ces temps-ci
    l'argent se fait rare ces temps-ci
  • 5 (packed)
    (schedule, timetable)
  • 6 (Sport) (close)
    (finish, match)
  • 7 (compact)
    (group, bunch)
    they were sitting in a tight circle around her
    ils étaient assis en cercle serré autour d'elle
  • 8 (British English) [informal] (drunk)
    pompette [informal]
    to get tight
    se soûler


  • 1 (firmly)
    (hold, grip)
    to fasten/close something tight
    bien attacher/fermer quelque chose
    you've screwed the lid too tight
    tu as trop serré le couvercle
    to hold something tight against one's chest
    tenir quelque chose serré contre sa poitrine
    he shut his eyes tight
    il a fermé les yeux en plissant les paupières
  • 2 (closely) she pulled the collar tight about her throat
    elle a resserré le col autour de son cou
    stand tight against the wall
    appuyez-vous contre le mur
  • 3 (fast) hold tight!
    sit tight!
    ne bouge pas!
    I just sat tight and waited for the scandal to pass [figurative]
    je suis resté tranquillement dans mon coin en attendant que le scandale passe


to be in a tight spot ou situation ou corner

être dans une situation difficile

to run a tight ship

tout avoir à l'œil
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