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tidy

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adjective ti·dy \ˈtī-dē\

Definition of tidy

tidier

;

tidiest

  1. 1a :  neat and orderly in appearance or habits :  well ordered and cared forb :  methodical, precise a tidy mind

  2. 2 :  large, substantial a tidy profit

  3. 3 :  adequately satisfactory :  acceptable, fair a tidy solution to their problem

  4. 4 :  properly filled out :  plump

tidily

play \ˈtī-də-lē\ adverb

tidiness

play \ˈtī-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of tidy in a Sentence

  1. He has always been a tidy person.

  2. She earns a tidy salary.

  3. They paid a tidy sum for the house.

Origin and Etymology of tidy

Middle English, timely, in good condition, from tide time


First Known Use: 13th century


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tidy

verb ti·dy

Definition of tidy

tidied

;

tidying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to put in order tidy up a room

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to make things tidy tidying up after supper

tidier

noun

Examples of tidy in a Sentence

  1. I tidied the house before they arrived.

1821

First Known Use of tidy

1821


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tidy

noun ti·dy

Definition of tidy

plural

tidies

  1. 1 :  a usually compartmentalized receptacle for various small objects

  2. 2 :  a piece of fancywork used to protect the back, arms, or headrest of a chair or sofa from wear or soil

Circa 1828

First Known Use of tidy

circa 1828



TIDY Defined for English Language Learners

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tidy

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adjective ti·dy \ˈtī-dē\

Definition of tidy for English Language Learners

  • : clean and organized : not messy

  • : keeping things clean and organized

  • of an amount of money : fairly large

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tidy

verb ti·dy

Definition of tidy for English Language Learners

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

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tidy

noun ti·dy

Definition of tidy for English Language Learners

  • : a container for storing small items


TIDY Defined for Kids

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tidy

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adjective ti·dy \ˈtī-dē\

Definition of tidy for Students

tidier

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tidiest

  1. 1 :  well ordered and cared for :  neat

  2. 2 :  large, substantial a tidy sum

tidiness

noun

History for 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.


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tidy

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verb ti·dy

Definition of tidy for Students

tidied

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tidying

  1. :  to make things neat



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