adjective, ti·di·er, ti·di·est.
verb (used with or without object), ti·died, ti·dy·ing.
noun, plural ti·dies.
Origin of tidy
Examples from the Web for tidying
He constructs, but plays at destruction; Friedman destroys but presents it as tidying up.
As I was tidying up the draft and compiling all my blocked plotlines for her, something unexpected happened.A Mathematically Impossible Novel: Manil Suri Explains “The City of Devi”|Manil Suri|March 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Suddenly it struck her that Carrots had been busy "tidying" for Floss that morning."Carrots:"|Mrs. Molesworth
But he had rung the bell, and was tidying his papers into neat, superfluous bundles.The Sixth Sense|Stephen McKenna
But while he was tidying up the litter in the room, after Valgrand had left him, the dresser shook his head.Fantmas|Pierre Souvestre
Then he busied himself about the room, tidying it and reducing its confusion to order.The Shadow of the East|E. M. Hull
We couldn't do much in the way of dressing or tidying ourselves up, as we had nothing with us, not even a red bundle.Peterkin|Mary Louisa Molesworth
adjective -dier or -diest
verb -dies, -dying or -died
noun plural -dies
- 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
Word Origin for tidy
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.