from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a tight manner; closely; firmly; compactly; neatly; well.
  • See titely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a tight manner; closely; nearly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a tight manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb securely fixed or fastened
  • adverb in a tight or constricted manner


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