Taut vs Haut - What's the difference?

taut | haut |

As an adjective taut

is tight; under tension, as in a rope or bow string.

As a noun haut is

skin, hide of a person, animal or (part of a) plant.

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Alternative forms

* (Scotland)


  • Tight; under tension, as in a rope or bow string.
  • * 1883:
  • The hawser was as taut as a bowstring - so strong she pulled upon her anchor.
  • Experiencing stress or anxiety.
  • * 1989 Faye Kellerman, The Quality of Mercy
  • His outward appearance was calm, but inside he was very taut .
  • Containing only relevant parts, brief and controlled.
  • * 2007 Milton C. Sernett, Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory and History
  • Quick action and dialogue create a taut story, although it is illustration that shapes the characters.

    Derived terms

    * tauten * tautly * tautness


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    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Haughty.
  • * Nations proud and haut . — Milton.
  • (Webster 1913) ----