tidy

adjective
ti·​dy | \ ˈtī-dē How to pronounce tidy (audio) \
tidier; tidiest

Definition of tidy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : neat and orderly in appearance or habits : well ordered and cared for
b : methodical, precise a tidy mind
2 : large, substantial a tidy profit
3 : adequately satisfactory : acceptable, fair a tidy solution to their problem
4 : properly filled out : plump

tidy

verb
tidied; tidying

Definition of tidy (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to put in order tidy up a room

intransitive verb

: to make things tidy tidying up after supper

tidy

noun
plural tidies

Definition of tidy (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from tidy

Adjective

tidily \ ˈtī-​də-​lē How to pronounce tidy (audio) \ adverb
tidiness \ ˈtī-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce tidy (audio) \ noun

Verb

tidier noun

Examples of tidy in a Sentence

Adjective He has always been a tidy person. She earns a tidy salary. They paid a tidy sum for the house. Verb I tidied the house before they arrived.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This has six spacious fabric drawers to bring your tidy home back. Tim Kohut, BGR, 2 July 2021 Yet one corner of the house was tidy and purposeful. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 The rooms were all tidy, and the furniture was simple but somehow expensive-looking: a rectangular sofa with a gray linen slipcover, a coffee table of light wood that matched the wood of the bookshelves. Curtis Sittenfeld, The Atlantic, 16 July 2021 Unlike some busy Walmart stores, this one was tidy and clean. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, 16 July 2021 Reiyn Keohane’s handwriting is tidy, with small, looping letters, lots of exclamation points, and the occasional smiley face. Aviva Stahl, Wired, 8 July 2021 All of this, however, would be too tidy a resolution — the hero vanquishing his antagonist, claiming his own identity as an invisible man — for a book as defiant as this. New York Times, 3 June 2021 This trash can makes your patio or deck look neat and tidy. Chris Hachey, BGR, 29 June 2021 The good news is that buyers can still come out on top in the long run — like Colantoni, who looks to make a tidy sum from golf fanatics for years to come with his new Pinehurst purchase. Chris Taylor, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her goal was to tidy up her landings and gain more consistency on vault and floor. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 So tidy your desk, turn on some good lights and maybe move locations. Expert Panel, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Shoppers use it to quickly clean up pet hair on carpets, refresh hardwood, and tidy up tile floors. Summer Cartwright, PEOPLE.com, 21 June 2021 There was always a Chinese or French co-teacher helping with the students, as well as caretakers who regularly came in to the class to help tidy up after lessons, three former colleagues said. James Griffiths, CNN, 4 June 2021 So last weekend, Jones’s sister-in-law — former Mississippi state Rep. Ashley Henley (R) — went to the Northern Mississippi property with a weed whacker to tidy up. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2021 Startups are testing out ways to tidy up, from magnets to robotic tentacles. Eric Niiler, Wired, 29 Mar. 2021 In a subsequent lawsuit, four of the whistle-blowers claimed Paxton directed his staff to investigate the donor’s enemies and tidy up some of his legal troubles. New York Times, 4 May 2021 Member businesses may select a date to provide all volunteers from their staff as a team building activity, or chamber members can sign up individually to tidy up while networking. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 3 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Semenya has resisted being placed in a tidy box of others’ definitions, perceptions and expectations. New York Times, 28 June 2021 In regards to organizing your bathroom, this holder will keep your counters clean and looking tidy. Rachel Dube, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2021 Complete with four cleaning modes, a long battery life and durable brushes for picking up dust, pet hair, dirt and more, the Yeedi k600 Robot Vacuum cleaner takes the frustration out of keeping your space tidy. Kara Cuzzone, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Stasher's pastel-hued do-it-all food storage containers to keep your fridge tidy and your head clear. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 21 June 2021 Back at Salt Pond Beach Park, several dozen occupants maintain a tidy campsite, with tents pitched beneath palm trees and toys stacked for children. Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 For years, the industry has categorized scents into tidy olfactory groupings, which are commonly used by brands, retailers, and journalists. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 May 2021 From his home in the suburb of Missouri City, Cains drives east across Houston every few days to keep the mural and its surroundings tidy. Maya Rao, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 While the local government pays some residents to tidy streets, on the last Saturday of every month each family must help clean up their community. Richard Quest And Joe Minihane, CNN, 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of tidy

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1821, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tidy

Adjective

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

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The first known use of tidy was in the 13th century

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3 Aug 2021

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“Tidy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tidy. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for tidy

tidy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tidy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: clean and organized : not messy
: keeping things clean and organized
informal, of an amount of money : fairly large

tidy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tidy (Entry 2 of 3)

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

tidy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tidy (Entry 3 of 3)

British : a container for storing small items

tidy

adjective
ti·​dy | \ ˈtī-dē How to pronounce tidy (audio) \
tidier; tidiest

Kids Definition of tidy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : well ordered and cared for : neat
2 : large, substantial a tidy sum

Other Words from tidy

tidiness noun

tidy

verb
tidied; tidying

Kids Definition of tidy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make things neat

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