taut

taut
taut [to:t US to:t] adj
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: Perhaps from tough]
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

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