- 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 tidiness
Rags and tidiness, filth and cleanliness, lay almost touching.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Even his inveterate want of tidiness indicates a careless mind.India and the Indians
Edward F. Elwin
Tidiness is worth more to a business man than most of them realize.The Book of Business Etiquette
There is no painting, and in and out of doors no taste or tidiness displayed.Records of a Family of Engineers
Robert Louis Stevenson
They know every plant and its value, but they care little about tidiness.Last Words
Juliana Horatia Ewing
- 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 tidiness
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.