adjective, ti·di·er, ti·di·est.
  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), ti·died, ti·dy·ing.
  1. to make tidy or neat (often followed by up).
noun, plural ti·dies.
  1. any of various articles for keeping things tidy, as a box having small drawers and compartments.
  2. an antimacassar.

Origin of tidy

1200–50; Middle English tidi, tidy seasonable, hence good; cognate with Dutch tijdig. See tide1, -y1
Related formsti·di·ly, adverbti·di·ness, noun

Antonyms for tidy

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Examples from the Web for tidied

Historical Examples of tidied

  • Leonard tidied up the sitting-room, and began to prepare their evening meal.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • He had tidied for the evening, but had come back with a message for Miss Charlotte.

    The Carroll Girls

    Mabel Quiller-Couch

  • He had groomed his horse, and tidied his house, and bathed, and breakfasted.

    The Mermaid

    Lily Dougall

  • Blanca kept it swept and free from dust, and Licinia tidied it only when she was so allowed.

    "Unto Caesar"

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • She has put on a clean blouse and tidied her hair so that he'll kiss her, and he does.


    George A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for tidied


adjective -dier or -diest
  1. characterized by or indicating neatness and order
  2. informal considerablea tidy sum of money
verb -dies, -dying or -died
  1. (when intr, usually foll by up) to put (things) in order; neaten
noun plural -dies
    1. a small container in which odds and ends are kept
    2. sink tidya container with holes in the bottom, kept in the sink to retain rubbish that might clog the plug hole
  1. mainly US and Canadian an ornamental protective covering for the back or arms of a chair
Derived Formstidily, adverbtidiness, noun

Word Origin for tidy

C13 (in the sense: timely, seasonable, excellent): from tide 1 + -y 1; related to Dutch tijdig timely
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Word Origin and History for tidied



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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