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1tidy

adjective ti·dy \ˈtī-dē\

: clean and organized : not messy

: keeping things clean and organized

of an amount of money : fairly large

ti·di·erti·di·est

Full Definition of TIDY

1
:  properly filled out :  plump
2
:  adequately satisfactory :  acceptable, fair <a tidy solution to their problem>
3
a :  neat and orderly in appearance or habits :  well ordered and cared for
b :  methodical, precise <a tidy mind>
4
:  large, substantial <a tidy profit>
ti·di·ly \ˈtī-də-lē\ adverb
ti·di·ness \ˈtī-dē-nəs\ noun
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Examples of TIDY

  1. He has always been a tidy person.
  2. She earns a tidy salary.
  3. They paid a tidy sum for the house.

Origin of TIDY

Middle English, timely, in good condition, from tide time
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with TIDY

2tidy

verb

: to make (something) tidy : to make (something) clean and organized

ti·diedti·dy·ing

Full Definition of TIDY

transitive verb
:  to put in order <tidy up a room>
intransitive verb
:  to make things tidy <tidying up after supper>
ti·di·er noun

Examples of TIDY

  1. I tidied the house before they arrived.

First Known Use of TIDY

1821

3tidy

noun

: a container for storing small items

plural tidies

Full Definition of TIDY

1
:  a usually compartmentalized receptacle for various small objects
2
:  a piece of fancywork used to protect the back, arms, or headrest of a chair or sofa from wear or soil

First Known Use of TIDY

circa 1828
TIDY Defined for Kids

1tidy

adjective ti·dy \ˈtī-dē\
ti·di·erti·di·est

Definition of TIDY for Kids

1
:  well ordered and cared for :  neat
2
:  large, substantial <a tidy sum>
ti·di·ness noun

Word History of TIDY

The English word tidy comes from the word tide. Tide first meant time, and tidy first meant timely, at the proper time. Soon tidy came to mean in good condition. The current meaning neat developed from this sense.

2tidy

verb
ti·diedti·dy·ing

Definition of TIDY for Kids

:  to make things neat

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