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[tahy-dee] /ˈtaɪ di/
adjective, tidier, tidiest.
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.
verb (used with or without object), tidied, tidying.
to make tidy or neat (often followed by up).
noun, plural tidies.
any of various articles for keeping things tidy, as a box having small drawers and compartments.
an antimacassar.
Origin of tidy
1200-50; Middle English tidi, tidy seasonable, hence good; cognate with Dutch tijdig. See tide1, -y1
Related forms
tidily, adverb
tidiness, noun
1. messy, sloppy. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tidied
Historical Examples
  • 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 Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • He had groomed his horse, and tidied his house, and bathed, and breakfasted.

    The Mermaid

    Lily Dougall
  • 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
  • Then she washed her face and hands, and tidied her rags of dress as well as she was able.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • When they had done eating, she cleared away the plates and tidied the room.

    Children of Borneo Edwin Herbert Gomes
  • And soon after that, it was time to be tidied up to go down to the drawing-room to mamma.

    Peterkin Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • Now sleep, my darling;—and when I've just tidied your things for the morning, I will be with you.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope
  • Very pleased with her work, she locked the door and ran away to get tidied.

British Dictionary definitions for tidied


adjective -dier, -diest
characterized by or indicating neatness and order
(informal) considerable: a tidy sum of money
verb -dies, -dying, -died
when intr, usually foll by up. to put (things) in order; neaten
noun (pl) -dies
  1. a small container in which odds and ends are kept
  2. sink tidy, a container with holes in the bottom, kept in the sink to retain rubbish that might clog the plug hole
(mainly US & Canadian) an ornamental protective covering for the back or arms of a chair
Derived Forms
tidily, adverb
tidiness, noun
Word Origin
C13 (in the sense: timely, seasonable, excellent): from tide1 + -y1; related to Dutch tijdig timely
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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.

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