tidy

[tahy-dee]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. tides,
  2. tidewaiter,
  3. tidewater,
  4. tideway,
  5. tidings,
  6. tidytips,
  7. tie,
  8. tie bar,
  9. tie beam,
  10. tie clasp

Origin of tidy

1200–50; Middle English tidi, tidy seasonable, hence good; cognate with Dutch tijdig. See tide1, -y1

ANTONYMS FOR tidy

Related formsti·di·ly, adverbti·di·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for tidying

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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