- neat, orderly, or trim, as in appearance or dress: a tidy room; a tidy person.
- clearly organized and systematic: a tidy mind; a tidy way of working.
- tolerably good; acceptable: They worked out a tidy arrangement agreeable to all.
- fairly large; considerable: a tidy sum.
- to make tidy or neat (often followed by up).
- any of various articles for keeping things tidy, as a box having small drawers and compartments.
- an antimacassar.
Origin of tidy
Examples from the Web for tidied
Leonard tidied up the sitting-room, and began to prepare their evening meal.Howards End
E. M. Forster
He had tidied for the evening, but had come back with a message for Miss Charlotte.The Carroll Girls
He had groomed his horse, and tidied his house, and bathed, and breakfasted.The Mermaid
Blanca kept it swept and free from dust, and Licinia tidied it only when she was so allowed."Unto Caesar"
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
She has put on a clean blouse and tidied her hair so that he'll kiss her, and he does.Gossamer
George A. Birmingham
- characterized by or indicating neatness and order
- informal considerablea tidy sum of money
- (when intr, usually foll by up) to put (things) in order; neaten
- a small container in which odds and ends are kept
- sink tidya container with holes in the bottom, kept in the sink to retain rubbish that might clog the plug hole
- mainly US and Canadian an ornamental protective covering for the back or arms of a chair
Word Origin and History for tidied
mid-13c., probably originally "in season, timely, opportune, excellent," from tide in the sense of "season, time" (see tide). Cf. Old High German zitig, German zeitig, Dutch tijdig, Danish tidig "timely." Meaning "neat and in order" first recorded 1706.
"to make neat, set in order," 1821, from tidy (adj.). Related: Tidied; tidying.