- tight, tightlyTight is used as an adverb in combination with a number of verbs, primarily in commands or instructions: hold tight, sit tight, sleep tight. It also occurs as the first element in a few compound adjectives, e.g. tight-fisted, tight-fitting, tight-knit, tight-lipped. In general use, tightly is the normal adverb.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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Tightly — Tight ly, adv. In a tight manner; closely; nearly. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
tightly — adv. Tightly is used with these adjectives: ↑closed, ↑constrained, ↑organized, ↑restricted, ↑shut, ↑woven Tightly is used with these verbs: ↑bind, ↑clamp, ↑clasp, ↑clench, ↑ … Collocations dictionary
tightly — adverb 1. in a tight or constricted manner (Freq. 3) a tightly packed pub • Derived from adjective: ↑tight 2. securely fixed or fastened (Freq. 1) the window was tightly sealed • Derived from adjective: ↑ … Useful english dictionary
tightly — adverb In a tight manner. tightly clenched fingers … Wiktionary
tightly — tight ► ADJECTIVE 1) fixed, closed, or fastened firmly. 2) (of clothes) close fitting. 3) well sealed against something such as water or air. 4) (of a rope, fabric, or surface) stretched so as to leave no slack. 5) (of an area or space) allowing… … English terms dictionary
tightly — adverb see tight I … New Collegiate Dictionary
tightly — See tight. * * * … Universalium
tightly — adv. firmly … English contemporary dictionary
tightly — tight·ly … English syllables
tightly — See: tight … English dictionary