tidy

[tahy-dee]

adjective, ti·di·er, ti·di·est.

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.
an antimacassar.

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 for tidy

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  • Before her, instead of the tidy supper-table, she was seeing the medicine-tray as she had left it.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • She brushed some dust from her habit, and made sure that her hair was tidy.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • So I had to put on her peignoir, and tidy her up, and arrange her hair just as I have done.

  • It was Madame Raquin who had to arrange the rooms and tidy up the shop.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • "If we teach them to be particular when they are young, they will be tidy when they are old," we were informed.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael


British Dictionary definitions for tidy

tidy

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

  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
mainly US and Canadian an ornamental protective covering for the back or arms of a chair
Derived Formstidily, 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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Word Origin and History for 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.

v.

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

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