- 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 tidy
I was the kid making a tidy profit burning CDs for all my friends at two bucks a pop back during the Napster heyday in 2000.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer
December 3, 2014
White-bread ISIS recruits, culled from the wastelands of Web 2.0, call that tidy division into terrible question.The FBI’s Bogus ISIS Bust
November 21, 2014
She was married with three kids and had settled into a tidy one-story house with a good sized lawn in Ferguson.From Ferguson Cop Embroiled in a Brutality Suit to City Councilwoman
August 20, 2014
Which brings me to the bone that remains to be picked with Vox, helpful as their tidy summary of the CDC data was.Today’s Clean-Cut Teens: Less Sex, Less Drugs
May 28, 2014
He chooses not to create a tidy drama where characters are explained by their pasts.On the Hunt For…: Greg Baxter’s “The Apartment” Review
December 12, 2013
Before her, instead of the tidy supper-table, she was seeing the medicine-tray as she had left it.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
She brushed some dust from her habit, and made sure that her hair was tidy.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
So I had to put on her peignoir, and tidy her up, and arrange her hair just as I have done.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
It was Madame Raquin who had to arrange the rooms and tidy up the shop.Therese Raquin
"If we teach them to be particular when they are young, they will be tidy when they are old," we were informed.Lotus Buds
- 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 tidy
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.