- 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 tidier
Well, for your own comfort's sake, I think you might keep it tidier, Miss Salome.Salome
The house is not any tidier, but at least she stays in it occasionally.Marm Lisa
Kate Douglas Wiggin
At time of visit, though very dirty, they were tidier than ever found before.New Worlds For Old
Herbert George Wells
And we are bound to say that these French manufacturing towns look much cleaner and tidier than their fellows in England.Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine
Edward A. Freeman
Certainly these little burial-grounds are not tended and cared for as in tidier lands.My Country
Marie, Queen of Rumania
- 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 tidier
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.