- 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 tidying
He constructs, but plays at destruction; Friedman destroys but presents it as tidying up.Dara Friedman Reverses a Scene of Destruction
November 15, 2013
As I was tidying up the draft and compiling all my blocked plotlines for her, something unexpected happened.A Mathematically Impossible Novel: Manil Suri Explains “The City of Devi”
March 15, 2013
Meanwhile the other female pilgrims were tidying themselves.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Your mother found it in her desk when she was tidying the papers.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.
Guy de Maupassant
Then Mrs. Fletcher turned her attention to the tidying of the house.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
Look at him now, taking off the pinafores of those children and tidying them.The Crusade of the Excelsior
Dinner is just over, and Emma is folding up the cloth, and tidying up.Child-Land
- 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 tidying
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.