Tight; stretched; not slack; -- said esp. of a rope that is tightly strained.
- Pulled or drawn tight; not slack. See Synonyms at tight.
- Strained; tense: nerves taut with anxiety.
- Kept in trim shape; neat and tidy.
- Marked by the efficient, sparing, or concise use of something, such as language or detail: a taut movie script.