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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 tidiest
Historical Examples
  • Before the tidiest of them, an old negro was sitting on a stool, dreaming in the sun.

    In Her Own Right

    John Reed Scott
  • Another was shortly announced for the best-cleaned and tidiest windows.

    Hollowmell E.R. Burden
  • Hobbyhead claims that he gets many of his tidiest puns from this young hopeful.

    Step Lively! George Niblo
  • He could cook, as all knew, particularly his employer, while he was the tidiest of valets.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • It was only the tidiest and the greenest mound in all the churchyard.

    Peccavi E. W. Hornung
  • Now which of these was the tidiest and most respectable doll to take out on a visit?

    Milly and Olly Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • It offers you valuable hints how to live, and suggests the best and tidiest way in which you can, when dead, dispose of your body.

  • Wretched sight it is; for that dwelling, although never beautiful, was once the tidiest and best-kept in all the district.

  • I am sorry to say that the housekeeping of Bob and Jack had not163 always been of the tidiest kind.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • Before starting out on this campaign, he had been one of the tidiest of men about his personal appearance.

British Dictionary definitions for tidiest


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 tidiest



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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