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tight

adjective; zero derivation
Cool, smooth, really nice. I could lie about where I first heard this word, but I’m not going to. I have heard tight used in this sense several times since; I suspect this usage was coined a year or two ago. Tight is not a new word, and its new meaning might not be readily apparent from the example given above (after all, the usual definition of tight seems to fit). I have no idea who coined this word, but the speaker no doubt meant nothing more than to extend the standard meaning of tight somewhat farther than normal, and the usage stuck. Consideration that the shirt Sir Mixalot was referring to was about ten sizes too big clarifies his intended meaning: tight has come to mean ‘cool’ in some circles. Its connotation in this usage seems very similar to ‘nice’, or ‘smooth’.
 
That’s the tightest shirt I’ve ever seen.
Source : Playboy’s Hot Rocks
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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