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taut

taut

 
pronunciation:
tawt
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: adjective
inflections: tauter, tautest
definition 1: tightly drawn, pulled, or stretched; not slack.
That tightrope is too taut.
synonyms:
drawn, stretched, tense, tight
antonyms:
loose, slack
similar words:
pulled, rigid, strained
definition 2: showing tension or strain.
taut lips
synonyms:
strained, stressed, tense, tight
antonyms:
relaxed
similar words:
rigid, uptight
definition 3: in good condition or order; tidy; efficient.
Good machinists run taut shops.
synonyms:
efficient, orderly, tidy, well-ordered
similar words:
neat, organized, shipshape, snug, tight
derivations: tautly (adv.), tautness (n.)
Homophone Note
The words taut and taught (past tense of "teach") sound alike but have different meanings.