- 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 tidily
The swarthy, slender, tidily groomed ex-AT&T salesman from Oklahoma appeared calm as the verdicts were read.Sweat-Lodge Guru’s Homicide Verdict
Terry Greene Sterling
June 22, 2011
You know that he must have been a tormented genius, or one for whom everything clicked as tidily as a safety pin.3 Must-Read Novels
The Daily Beast
April 11, 2011
Hen, it's up to you to wash all the dishes, and to do it tidily, too.The Grammar School Boys Snowbound
H. Irving Hancock
She rose from her seat, and put them all tidily away on a side-table.How It All Came Round
L. T. Meade
They were tidily piled in lines side by side at the forward end of the waggon.Won by the Sword
He dined with Captain Fitz Roy, and ate his dinner as tidily as formerly.A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World
A few ravelling threads of this our desultory tale have yet to be gathered up, as tidily as may be.Heart
Martin Farquhar Tupper
- 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 tidily
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.