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This page is about the slang term tight-ass.

Meaning: 1) sby who spends as little money as possible, a miser 2) sby who's repressed and very strict about following society's rules

For example:

  • Our boss is a real tight-ass; we never get a Christmas bonus.

  • Don't be such a tight-ass, Rob. Let yourself have some fun for a change.

Note: An alternative spelling is "tight-arse".

Variety: This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

A person who's often called a "tight-ass" is probably

a. very rich

b. really mean

c. quite generous

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Contributor: Matt Errey