1. (orig. US) a mean person, a skinflint.
|Saved Scene vi: len: [...] Give us a snout. fred: No. len: Tight arse.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 142: You’re gonna freeze your nuts off for a lousy handout from some tight-ass who’ll hand you a half buck and figure he’s doing you a favor.|
|Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 150: He thinks it’s too much, the focking tightorse.|
|Sydney Morning Herald (Aus.) 6 Jan. n.p.: So here’s a tentative guide to Sydney teenspeak: [...] Tightass (one who won’t hand out money hand over fist).|
2. (also tight-butt) a puritan, a moral conservative; also as adj. [from sense 1].
|Puberty Blues 88: Garry didn’t hassle me. I’d say no and he’d shut up. But as I didn’t want to be a tight-arse it couldn’t go on like this forever.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 167: This tight ass is makin’ a career move on our backs.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 116: I’d thought he was just another tight-butt old-head.|
|Stormy Weather 191: Tough guy? Tightass? What’s his deal?|
|Road Rage (1998) 300: I’m not saying a word to a right little tight-arse like you.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 188: In spite of all the plates he had spinning [...] the only thing Manny could think about was Tina calling him a tight-ass.|
3. (Aus.) an irritating parent [f. sense 1].
|Sydney Morning Herald (Aus.) 6 Jan. n.p.: So here’s a tentative guide to Sydney teenspeak: [...] Tightass (an irritating parent).|
4. a sexually attractive woman.
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 22: That tight-ass you been carrying on with is the boss’s wife.|