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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Perhaps from tough

taut

adjective
     
taut
1 stretched tight [≠ slack]:
The rope was stretched taut.
2 showing signs of worry, anger etc and not relaxed [= tense]:
a taut smile
Catherine looked upset, her face taut.
3 having firm muscles:
her taut brown body
4 a taut book, film, or play is exciting and does not have any unnecessary parts:
a taut thriller
WORD FOCUS: tight WORD FOCUS: tight
clothes: skintight, figure-hugging, tight-fitting also close-fitting British English, snug

rope/wire/chain: taut

screw/lid/handle: be on firmly/tightly, be firmly fastened/closed


See also
tight

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