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.
- ti·di·ly, adverb
- ti·di·ness, noun
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How to use tidy in a sentence
There are no cushions to remove when you’re converting this sofa into a bed, making it a tidy addition to your living room space.Comfortable sofa beds for a peaceful night’s sleep | PopSci Commerce Team | September 11, 2020 | Popular-Science
Their translucent plastic construction, buckling handles, and slim profiles make them perfect for sliding under the bed in ones and twos and retaining visibility of what’s inside while keeping it secure, tidy, and uniform.
You can also organize your passwords in different vaults to keep things tidy.
If they lift the Commissioner’s Trophy in October, even to an empty stadium, there will be a sense of tidy resolution, of processes paying off.The Dodgers’ Legacy May Depend On This Short Season | Robert O'Connell | July 13, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
If you don’t get enough sleep, your brain might not have time to finish tidying up.
I was the kid making a tidy profit burning CDs for all my friends at two bucks a pop back during the Napster heyday in 2000.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer | Arthur Chu | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
White-bread ISIS recruits, culled from the wastelands of Web 2.0, call that tidy division into terrible question.
She was married with three kids and had settled into a tidy one-story house with a good sized lawn in Ferguson.From Ferguson Cop Embroiled in a Brutality Suit to City Councilwoman | Michael Daly | August 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Which brings me to the bone that remains to be picked with Vox, helpful as their tidy summary of the CDC data was.
He chooses not to create a tidy drama where characters are explained by their pasts.On the Hunt For…: Greg Baxter’s “The Apartment” Review | Elliot Ackerman | December 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
She was putting her papers tidy again with calm fingers, while his own were almost cramped with the energy of suppressed desire.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
She is tidy enough, but very thriftless—mean, without the power of being economical.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
I sit down on a trunk (it had a tidy over it, but I knowed it was a trunk all right), and Macie, she sit down byside me.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher | Eleanor Gates
In looks he did not compare favourably with Nicholas, and was never so clean and tidy.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
It was just such a tidy, rather vulgar and homelike room as no doubt Harvey would picture for his own home.The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for tidy
characterized by or indicating neatness and order
informal considerable: a 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 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
- tidily, adverb
- tidiness, noun
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