strait|ened [ˈstreıtnd] adj formal
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: strait 'narrow'; STRAIT]
not having enough money, especially not as much as you had before
the straitened circumstances of post-war Japan

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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  • straitened — (adj.) c.1600, too narrow; 1716, reduced to hardship; see STRAIT (Cf. strait) (n.). Phrase straitened circumstances recorded from 1766 …   Etymology dictionary

  • straitened — index poor (underprivileged) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Straitened — Straiten Strait en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Straitened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Straitening}.] 1. To make strait; to make narrow; hence, to contract; to confine. [1913 Webster] Waters, when straitened, as at the falls of bridges, give a roaring noise.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • straitened — [[t]stre͟ɪt(ə)nd[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If someone is living in straitened circumstances, they do not have as much money as they used to, and are finding it very hard to buy or pay for everything that they need. [FORMAL] His father died when… …   English dictionary

  • straitened — adjective formal in straitened circumstances in a difficult situation because of a lack of money: an elderly spinster living in straitened circumstances …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • straitened — adj. Straitened is used with these nouns: ↑circumstance …   Collocations dictionary

  • straitened — Synonyms and related words: Lenten, Spartan, abstemious, ascetic, austere, badly off, bound, bounded, conditioned, confined, copyrighted, cramped, desperate, destitute, disciplined, distressed, down to bedrock, dwarfed, dwarfish, embarrassed,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • straitened — strait|ened [ streıtnd ] adjective FORMAL made difficult by financial problems: straitened circumstances …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • straitened — adjective our straitened circumstances improved once Desmond got his first teaching job Syn: impoverished, poverty stricken, poor, destitute, penniless, as poor as a church mouse, in penury, impecunious, unable to make ends meet, in reduced… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • straitened — UK [ˈstreɪt(ə)nd] / US adjective formal made difficult by financial problems straitened circumstances …   English dictionary

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