[ tahy-dee ]
/ ˈtaɪ di /
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adjective, ti·di·er, ti·di·est.
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.
verb (used with or without object), ti·died, ti·dy·ing.
to make tidy or neat (often followed by up).
noun, plural ti·dies.
any of various articles for keeping things tidy, as a box having small drawers and compartments.
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Origin of tidy
OTHER WORDS FROM tidyti·di·ly, adverbti·di·ness, noun
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How to use tidy in a sentence
The swarthy, slender, tidily groomed ex-AT&T salesman from Oklahoma appeared calm as the verdicts were read.Sweat-Lodge Guru’s Homicide Verdict|Terry Greene Sterling|June 22, 2011|DAILY BEAST
You know that he must have been a tormented genius, or one for whom everything clicked as tidily as a safety pin.3 Must-Read Novels|The Daily Beast|April 11, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The room was full of healthy-looking workmen, tidily dressed and busily doing honour to the porridge and other items on the menu.Friend Mac Donald|Max O'Rell
He returned to the loft with a large, thick sack, made of flax, which he laid tidily over the bed.Heidi|Johanna Spyri
She was then entreated to dress herself as tidily as possible, but she would only go her own way.Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events|S. Baring-Gould
He learnt to plait the foliage of faded crocuses, and pin them tidily to the ground with little wooden forks.Hyacinth|George A. Birmingham
But this meant living less tidily by having less washing done, or going hungrier.Making Both Ends Meet|Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
British Dictionary definitions for tidy
/ (ˈtaɪdɪ) /
adjective -dier or -diest
characterized by or indicating neatness and order
informal considerablea tidy sum of money
verb -dies, -dying or -died
(when intr, usually foll by up) to put (things) in order; neaten
noun plural -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
mainly US and Canadian an ornamental protective covering for the back or arms of a chair
Derived forms of tidytidily, 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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