[ tahy-dee ]
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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.

  1. tolerably good; acceptable: They worked out a tidy arrangement agreeable to all.

  2. 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

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English tidi, tidy “seasonable,” hence “good”; cognate with Dutch tijdig; equivalent to tide1 + -y1

Opposites for tidy

Other words from tidy

  • ti·di·ly, adverb
  • ti·di·ness, noun

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How to use tidy in a sentence

  • It was a profound relief to him that day to find his mother tidier than usual, busy with preparations for the mid-day meal.

    The Guinea Stamp | Annie S. Swan
  • A thorough washing and brushing, and some fresh ruffles and laces, gave a much tidier appearance to the whole party.

    Captain Horace | Sophie May

British Dictionary definitions for tidy


/ (ˈtaɪdɪ) /

adjective-dier or -diest
  1. characterized by or indicating neatness and order

  2. informal considerable: a tidy sum of money

verb-dies, -dying or -died
  1. (when intr, usually foll by up) to put (things) in order; neaten

nounplural -dies
    • a small container in which odds and ends are kept

    • sink tidy a 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

Origin of tidy

C13 (in the sense: timely, seasonable, excellent): from tide 1 + -y 1; related to Dutch tijdig timely

Derived forms of tidy

  • tidily, adverb
  • tidiness, noun

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