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tidy

[tahy-dee] /ˈtaɪ di/
adjective, tidier, tidiest.
1.
neat, orderly, or trim, as in appearance or dress:
a tidy room; a tidy person.
2.
clearly organized and systematic:
a tidy mind; a tidy way of working.
3.
tolerably good; acceptable:
They worked out a tidy arrangement agreeable to all.
4.
fairly large; considerable:
a tidy sum.
verb (used with or without object), tidied, tidying.
5.
to make tidy or neat (often followed by up).
noun, plural tidies.
6.
any of various articles for keeping things tidy, as a box having small drawers and compartments.
7.
an antimacassar.
Origin of tidy
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English tidi, tidy seasonable, hence good; cognate with Dutch tijdig. See tide1, -y1
Related forms
tidily, adverb
tidiness, noun
Antonyms
1. messy, sloppy.
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  • One day when, in view of her departure, she was tidying a drawer, something pricked her finger.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Look at him now, taking off the pinafores of those children and tidying them.

  • It was a perfectly practical and useful dress, admirably suited for housekeeping or tidying up a room.

    Memoirs of an American Prima Donna Clara Louise Kellogg
  • Dinner is just over, and Emma is folding up the cloth, and tidying up.

    Child-Land Oscar Pletsch
  • They competed for the task of keeping his desk in order, and of dusting and tidying up the schoolroom.

    The Brown Mouse Herbert Quick
  • Your mother found it in her desk when she was tidying the papers.

  • Meanwhile the other female pilgrims were tidying themselves.

  • Then Mrs. Fletcher turned her attention to the tidying of the house.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
British Dictionary definitions for tidying

tidy

/ˈtaɪdɪ/
adjective -dier, -diest
1.
characterized by or indicating neatness and order
2.
(informal) considerable: a tidy sum of money
verb -dies, -dying, -died
3.
when intr, usually foll by up. to put (things) in order; neaten
noun (pl) -dies
4.
  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
5.
(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 tidying

tidy

adj.

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.

v.

"to make neat, set in order," 1821, from tidy (adj.). Related: Tidied; tidying.

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