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tidy

[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.
  3. tolerably good; acceptable: They worked out a tidy arrangement agreeable to all.
  4. fairly large; considerable: a tidy sum.
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verb (used with or without object), ti·died, ti·dy·ing.
  1. to make tidy or neat (often followed by up).
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noun, plural ti·dies.
  1. any of various articles for keeping things tidy, as a box having small drawers and compartments.
  2. an antimacassar.
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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

1. messy, sloppy.
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  • Hen, it's up to you to wash all the dishes, and to do it tidily, too.

  • She rose from her seat, and put them all tidily away on a side-table.

  • They were tidily piled in lines side by side at the forward end of the waggon.

  • He dined with Captain Fitz Roy, and ate his dinner as tidily as formerly.

  • A few ravelling threads of this our desultory tale have yet to be gathered up, as tidily as may be.

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    Martin Farquhar Tupper


British Dictionary definitions for tidily

tidy

adjective -dier or -diest
  1. characterized by or indicating neatness and order
  2. informal considerablea tidy sum of money
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verb -dies, -dying or -died
  1. (when intr, usually foll by up) to put (things) in order; neaten
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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
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Derived Formstidily, adverbtidiness, noun

Word Origin

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 tidily

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.

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tidy

v.

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

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