tense synonyms

Here's a list of possible synonyms and antonyms for the term tense:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tenseadjective

    a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time

    limp, loose-jointed, laid-back, relaxed, loose, sagging, lax, tensionless, floppy, drooping, unstrained, mellow, droopy, slack, degage, loosen up, unstrain, slow down, relax, unwind, make relaxed, decompress, unlax, unbend

  2. tenseadjective

    in or of a state of physical or nervous tension

    loose-jointed, slack, drooping, lax, droopy, degage, mellow, limp, sagging, floppy, loose, relaxed, tensionless, laid-back, unstrained, unwind, decompress, relax, unlax, loosen up, unbend, unstrain, slow down, make relaxed

  3. tenseadjective

    pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')

    droopy, loose-jointed, sagging, lax, degage, loose, slack, unstrained, limp, floppy, mellow, laid-back, relaxed, drooping, tensionless, relax, unlax, unwind, unbend, unstrain, loosen up, make relaxed, slow down, decompress

  4. tenseverb

    taut or rigid; stretched tight

    slack, lax, droopy, limp, loose-jointed, unstrained, relaxed, drooping, sagging, laid-back, degage, mellow, loose, floppy, tensionless, unwind, make relaxed, relax, decompress, unstrain, slow down, unbend, unlax, loosen up

  5. strain, tenseverb

    become stretched or tense or taut

    sieve, separate out, strain, filter out, tense up, reach, puree, tense, try, sift, filter, extend, distort, strive, filtrate, deform, stress

    limp, loose-jointed, relaxed, mellow, drooping, droopy, unstrained, floppy, degage, laid-back, lax, slack, sagging, loose, tensionless, loosen up, unwind, relax, unbend, make relaxed, unstrain, slow down, unlax, decompress

  6. tenseverb

    increase the tension on

    strain, tense up

    lax, limp, tensionless, floppy, relaxed, mellow, slack, loose, droopy, unstrained, laid-back, loose-jointed, sagging, degage, drooping, slow down, relax, loosen up, unlax, unwind, decompress, unstrain, make relaxed, unbend

  7. tense, tense upverb

    become tense, nervous, or uneasy

    tense, strain, tense up

    sagging, lax, floppy, degage, loose-jointed, laid-back, limp, mellow, unstrained, slack, relaxed, drooping, tensionless, droopy, loose, unwind, slow down, make relaxed, relax, decompress, loosen up, unlax, unbend, unstrain

  8. tense, strain, tense upverb

    cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious

    sieve, separate out, reach, strain, filter out, tense up, stress, puree, tense, try, sift, filter, extend, distort, strive, filtrate, deform

    relaxed, sagging, lax, droopy, limp, loose, floppy, laid-back, drooping, mellow, tensionless, slack, unstrained, degage, loose-jointed, unbend, unstrain, slow down, unlax, unwind, decompress, relax, make relaxed, loosen up

Editors Contribution

  1. nervous

    Submitted by anonymous on September 30, 2020
  2. sitting on thorns

    Submitted by anonymous on January 5, 2021

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. tenseadjective

    tight, stretched, strained, TAUGHT, rigid, not loose, not lax

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

strained, restive, tension, taut, nervous, jittery, high-strung, tight, voltage, fraught, uptight, intense, intensive, volatile, stretched

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